Asthma attacks in children set to rise – charity
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