The shoes have been bought, the stationery is labelled, but is your child asthma-ready for the back to school period?
For many kids, going back to school increases the likelihood of an asthma attack. Research has shown that hospital visits due to asthma surge during the first month of the school year. In Australia, approximately 20% to 25% of children’s hospital admissions for asthma occur in February.
Childhood asthma peaks in primary school aged kids and affects mainly boys, however the group at highest risk is adolescent boys.
There are a number of reasons for back to school asthma:
The lead up to the new school year is an ideal time for parents and carers to consider what might trigger their child’s asthma, and to take steps to prevent a flare-up.
Once your child has started back at school, keep an eye out to see if they’re using their blue reliever more often, (or ask them to keep you updated at the end of the school day).
If they are using their blue reliever more often, the best course of action is to take them to their doctor for an asthma review. Following a doctor’s prescribed treatment plan and managing air quality and environment supports your child to perform better in school, build confidence in sports and get outside and play with their friends.
Here are some tips to help your child have a symptom-free return to school: