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Every year there is a sharp rise in the number of asthma attacks for children when they return to school after the summer holidays. This results in a significant increase in Emergency Department visits, hospitalisations, and days off school which can be unsettling for children as they start a new school year.
Why do asthma flare-ups happen at this time?
Our asthma experts tell us that major factors include:
- With the loss of routine over the summer holidays and busyness of the Christmas period, sometimes preventer medicines are not taken daily as prescribed and written Asthma Action Plans are not adhered to as strictly
- The inevitable spread of viruses when children return to school and mix with each other
- The possibility of new environmental allergens not encountered in the home environment, or not encountered for some time.
What role do Education staff play?
You can help families be prepared for ‘back to school’ and reduce the wide-reaching impacts of an asthma flare-up. Learn more here
Below are some additional ways Asthma Australia can support asthma in schools