Asthma at­tacks in chil­dren set to rise – char­ity

Glamorgan Gazette - - News -

PO­TEN­TIALLY deadly asthma at­tacks among chil­dren will rise sharply as they re­turn to school af­ter the sum­mer hol­i­days, a char­ity has warned.

Asthma UK said that af­ter the sum­mer break, it ex­pects asthma at­tacks among young­sters to dou­ble. Its anal­y­sis of health data from across the UK found that there was a 174% in­crease in emer­gency asthma ad­mis­sions among young­sters in the month af­ter they went back to school in 2016.

Fig­ures from 2016 show that in the month be­fore school there were 884 emer­gency ad­mis­sions for asthma, com­pared to 2,421 in the month af­ter schools re­turned for the au­tumn term.

The char­ity has urged par­ents of chil­dren with the con­di­tion to be watch­ful of their chil­dren so they can spot symp- toms be­fore an at­tack.

Asthma UK said that the rise may be at­trib­uted to a lack of rou­tine over the sum­mer hol­i­days which means par­ents might not al­ways re­mem­ber to give their child their pre­ven­ter medicine.

It said the med­i­ca­tion is vi­tal as with­out it, chil- dren could po­ten­tially suf­fer an asthma at­tack trig­gered by cold and flu viruses – some of which they will be ex­posed to af­ter re­turn­ing to school.

Par­ents and car­ers can find in­for­ma­tion and sup­port at www.asthma.org.uk/back-to-school

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