ASTHMA: More than 6 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma, according to the American Lung Association. If your child is among them, you'll want to add these to-do items to your back-to-school checklist:

ASTHMA: More than 6 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma, according to the American Lung Association. If your child is among them, you'll want to add these to-do items to your back-to-school checklist:

Schedule a check-up to ensure your child's asthma is being effectively controlled, and talk with your doctor about medication options and physical activity restrictions. Consider a flu shot (because people with asthma tend to be more susceptible to the flu). Provide teachers, coaches and school health personnel with an action plan that details your child's symptoms, medications, activity limitations and instructions on what to do in the event of an attack. You can download a blank action plan form at the ALA's Web site.

For more information about living with asthma, visit the ALA at www.lungusa.org.



— The Washington Post