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Asthma and School Kids

How to help children cope with the illness

(HealthDay) -- Asthma can be tough on kids, particularly when they return to school.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says children often are embarrassed to take medication in front of their peers. And sometimes a child has to walk some distance to a nurse's office to get medicine.

To make it easier for asthmatic kids, the academy says parents should: Meet with school personnel and make sure they know what your child needs; make sure school personnel understands any side effects from your child's medication and how to administer it, and make sure your doctor writes a detailed note explaining to any coaches and gym teachers any physical-activity restrictions your child faces.

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