Children with asthma need to be supported where they live, learn and play. Creating asthma friendly environments allows children to maximize their potential and experience positive educational, social, and health outcomes. Empowering children in a supportive environment helps children develop life-long skills for controlling their asthma. Creating asthma friendly environments shows your commitment to the needs of not only the children with asthma but also the health of all children.
Asthma Friendly Environment
An asthma friendly environment supports children with asthma by:
- Providing asthma awareness and asthma management programs
- Recognizing and reducing potential asthma triggers
- Developing polices supportive of children with asthma
- Engaging community partners to increase asthma awareness
Upon extensive review of the literature, the following 7 goals for creating an asthma friendly environment have been developed:
7 Steps for Creating Asthma Friendly Environments:
- Establish a process to identify children with asthma.
- Allow children with asthma easy access to (fast-acting) inhalers.
- Establish a process for handling worsening asthma.
- Identify and reduce exposure to common asthma triggers within the environment.
- Encourage children with asthma to participate in all activities, especially physical activities, to the best of their abilities.
- Provide staff, parents and children opportunities to learn about asthma.
- Collaborate with families, health care professionals and staff to create asthma friendly environments.