How to avoid the "September Spike"
It's officially back to school season, and this means that in combination with the month of September, we're also in the midst of the "September Spike." For those of you who may not have heard about the September Spike, it's a term that medical professionals use to describe an increase in children's asthma attacks and symptoms that occurs around this time of year.
The combination of coughs and colds circulating, children getting out of the habit of using inhalers during the summer break, air pollution and the stress of term starting, is thought to contribute to the spike in asthma cases.
Here are some tips to help you and your wheezy child get back to school and through the September Spike!
Stick To Your Asthma Care Plan
The excitement of summer can cause some people to loosen up on their asthma treatment plan, which can have disastrous consequences. It's crucial that your child follows their treatment plan unless directed otherwise by their doctor. Ensure that your child has an extra emergency inhaler in their classroom and that their teacher knows about their condition.
Asthma Action Plan Refresh
Make a point of going over your child's Asthma Action Plan with them, to remind them what to do in the event of an emergency. It's a good idea to meet with your child's teacher also before the school year begins, to go over their Asthma Action Plan and explain what their triggers are.
Practice Good Hygiene
The common cold and other viruses can exacerbate asthma symptoms and are one of the leading causes of asthma attacks in school-age children. Encourage your child to practice good hygiene by washing their hands frequently — especially if they come into contact with someone who's sick.
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