School’s in for asthma
PARENTS and schools have been warned to prepare for another bout of back-to-school asthma.
Each year there is a spike in cases in the first month of children returning from holidays, but new research from Asthma Australia shows one in five parents don’t provide schools with spare reliever medication or an asthma action plan.
With three out of four asthmatic children experiencing at least two flare-ups each school year, Asthma Australia is launching a campaign alerting parents of the need to help schools prepare.
In the three to four weeks after school returns, asthmarelated emergency department presentations more than double each year.
While the reason has not been established, it’s believed to be a combination including exposure to peers’ viruses and a reduction in preventive measures while off school.
With a week of the summer break remaining, Asthma Australia CEO Michele Goldman said it was time for parents to start preparing. “It happens every single year,” she said.