Asthma Triggers: Preventing Exposure at School.
What are asthma triggers?
Asthma triggers are allergens that exacerbate asthma symptoms and can lead to an asthma attack. Staff should be aware of a pupil’s individual asthma triggers, and these should be clearly stated on their individual health school care plan (IHCP).
It is also important to remember that triggers can change over time, and different environments and times of the year can mean certain triggers are more prevalent. For example, if a pupil’s airways are more sensitive after recovering from a chest infection then they may be more susceptible than usual to their asthma triggers.
For all pupils with asthma, the pupil and their parent and/or carer should meet with their class teacher and discuss their asthma, triggers, and what needs to be put in place as part of their IHCP to prevent an exacerbation of symptoms at school.