More children are rushed to hospital with asthma related problems in September than at any other time of the year. Child hospital admissions due to respiratory illnesses have increased significantly in recent years.

Why are children more at risk of an asthma attack in September?

· Schools can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Many children come down with coughs, colds or the flu virus when they return to school — all major triggers for asthma sufferers.

· Air pollution, dust mites and mould spores can be more common in schools. As the weather changes and children spend more time inside, often with the windows closed, fresh air is hard to come by. This can aggravate asthma and airborne allergies.

· Changes in routine during the holidays can mean inhaler routines are disrupted leaving children’s airways more sensitive to triggers when they return to the classroom.

· The stress and excitement of returning to school can leave children more vulnerable to asthma attacks.

How can you reduce your child’s asthma attack risk?

· Make sure your child is taking their preventer inhaler as prescribed. This will help calm the underlying inflammation in their airways and reduce their chances of a trigger.

· Make sure they take their medicine as prescribed and have regular asthma checks.

· Make sure your child’s school and any wraparound care is aware of their asthma, including what medicines they use, how much they take and when they need to take them.

Improved indoor air quality results in fewer trips to hospital, fewer days off school and a reduction in asthma symptoms.

Airlite reduced the level of NO2 by over 75% at St Mary’s RC Primary School

St Mary’s RC School in Chiswick was identified by the Mayor of London’s Office as being one of the 50 most polluted schools in London. A group of concerned parents set out to tackle this, turning it into one of the greenest.

In addition to creating a Green Living Wall and paint a mural with Airlite in the playground, parents seized the opportunity to further tackle the indoor air pollution by repainting the school hall and restaurant. The result: NO2 levels (some of the most dangerous toxins from vehicle emissions) were reduced by a staggering 91% during school hours.

Read the full story — The Guardian

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References:

NHS
https://www.nhs.uk/news/heart-and-lungs/asthma-attacks-triple-when-children-return-school-september/

Asthma.org
https://www.asthma.org.uk/back-to-school

BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45247830

The Sun
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9416567/back-to-school-asthma-spike-boys-worse/