According to the experts, asthma rates for children reach their peak 17 days after Labor Day. There are a number of factors that contribute to this rise. Children are exposed to new viruses when they return to school. Ragweed, a common fall allergen can be particularly problematic for asthmatics. Children switch from playing outside in the summer months, to spending a lot more time indoors, which can also cause asthma to worsen. For many children, the stress of heading back to school can also cause their asthma to flare up. Add to this the fact that the school environment itself has many asthma and allergy triggers that kids would not be exposed to at home.
So now is the time to be extra vigilant, check medications are up to date and talk to your child’s doctor about creating an Asthma Action Plan. This will ensure you and your child know exactly how to avoid asthma triggers and crucially what to do in the event of an attack.
Talk to teachers about your child’s asthma or allergies, make them aware of the triggers and what should be done if they were to suffer an attack. If possible talk to other moms and kids, so that they know what to do in case of an attack.
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For more on what you can do to keep your child safe and well this September, follow the link here.