Treatment of childhood asthma

In recent years, research into the diagnosis and treatment of childhood asthma has made a real difference in the control of asthma among children. Asthma is the most common lasting disorder in childhood, currently affecting around 6.2 million Americans under 18 years of age. This resource page of the American Academy of Pediatrics reviews methods of treating asthma, including promising advances. (posted December 18, 2012) … [Read more...]

Chronic conditions and school

This webpage of the American Academy of Pediatrics answers the following question posed by a parent: My child has a chronic health condition. What do I need to tell the school?  The first sentence of AAP's answer is: If your child has special health needs, the school should have a written document outlining a health care and emergency plan. The remainder of the article spells out the details of what parents and schools need to know. (posted December … [Read more...]

How your immune system works

Inside your body there is an amazing protection mechanism called the immune system. It is designed to defend you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins and parasites that would love to invade your body. The immune system, however, can become weakened, compromised, or malfunctioning. Health problems can arise, then. To learn more about how the immune system operates, visit this interactive page on "how stuff works." (posted January … [Read more...]

Caring for the medically fragile child in the school setting

The presence of children with special healthcare needs in schools has broadened the responsibilities of teachers, school nurses, paraprofessionals and other school employees. This publication, The Medically Fragile Child: Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs in the School Setting, comes from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). It educates school personnel on their roles and responsibilities in relation to children with special healthcare … [Read more...]

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