Back-to-school with Omicron – is your kid’s asthma plan up-to-date?

This year children will be having an Omicron back-to-school. NPS MedicineWise is urging parents to make sure their children’s asthma plan is up-to-date to help keep them safe.

“Having an up-to-date asthma action plan is very important right now,” says Dr Kate Annear, NPS MedicineWise medical adviser and GP.

“This is true for anyone with asthma including children who are returning to school.

“During this Omicron outbreak, hospital respiratory wards are under pressure caring for people with COVID-19. This makes keeping your child’s asthma under control particularly important now, as this can reduce the risk of them having to go to hospital for asthma,” she says.

Create and update the asthma action plan

“Your doctor can help you create or update your child’s asthma plan. This should include which medicines to take, how and when to take them and also what to do in an asthma emergency,” says Dr Annear.

“The school should have a copy of the action plan. It should also be shared with after school carers and sports coaches.

“If your child’s asthma is not well controlled, your doctor may make changes to their medicines and asthma action plan,” she says.

Check asthma puffer technique

“It is also really important to check that your child is using their puffer properly. Check that they are using a spacer. It is easy to get it wrong,” says Dr Annear.

Asthma Australia and the National Asthma Council have videos that show how to use an asthma puffer and spacer correctly.

For more information on asthma visit the Asthma Australia, National Asthma Council, or NPS MedicineWise websites.

For more information on prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamins and minerals) from a health professional, call Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) for the cost of a local call (calls from mobiles may cost more). Hours of operation are Monday–Friday 9am–5pm AEDT (excluding public holidays).


Media contact

Bernadette Withers, NPS MedicineWise: (02) 8217 8623, 0419 618 365 or [email protected]