Back to school asthma

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LETTERS -

Sir, The school sum­mer hol­i­day in Scot­land has sadly come to an end, and now that chil­dren are back in school it is im­por­tant par­ents of chil­dren with asthma keep an eye out for the early warn­ing signs of an asthma at­tack.

Chil­dren are at a much greater risk of hav­ing an asthma at­tack when they are back at school, partly due to ex­po­sure to trig­gers such as cold and flu viruses.

The lat­est hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions data showed that chil­dren in Scot­land were 68 per cent more likely to be rushed to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing an asthma at­tack in Au­gust than in July.

Ev­ery 10 sec­onds some­one has a po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing asthma at­tack in the UK, and three peo­ple die from asthma ev­ery day, so it is im­por­tant for par­ents to spot the signs of an asthma at­tack early.

You should book an ur­gent ap­point­ment with the GP or asthma nurse if your child is us­ing their re­liever in­haler (usu­ally blue) more than three times a week; cough­ing or wheez­ing at night; feel­ing out of breath and strug­gling to keep up with their friends.

Par­ents who have any con­cerns about their child’s asthma can speak to ex­pert nurses by call­ing the Asthma UK Helpline on 0300 222 5800 (MonFri 9am-5pm).

They can also find more in­for­ma­tion on how to pro­tect their child this Au­gust by vis­it­ing the asthma.org. uk web­site.

So­nia Munde, head of helpline and nurse man­ager, Asthma UK

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