It can be very difficult leaving your children at school and especially more worrying for a parent who’s child suffers with asthma. Its difficult to trust someone else with the care your child needs. Our current mission in Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding is to provide all schools with emergency inhalers and spacers but equally important is to provide them schools with the specialist training they need to deal with any asthmatic incidents. They are steps you can also take to ensure your child has a full and active experience at school. Asthma should never get in the way of your child forming friendships, sports day’s, PE and school trips.
Many parents feel they come across as paranoid or overbearing, however schools are their to listen and often welcome the interest from yourselves. Remember teachers are not mind readers and we know that schools in Hull and the East Riding especially are more than happy to listen to any concerns you may have with regards to your child’s asthma. Schools with the help of the charity are now starting to develop the tools they need to better support asthmatic children. The most important thing to remember is to tell your child’s school that they suffer with asthma. Its also extremely important to make sure your child always has an inhaler, Although many schools in Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding have inhalers provided by Breathe for Cameron they are only to be used in an emergency in case of loss, damage or them running out. Its vital that they always have their own this will allow them to be responsible for their own asthma management.
There’s a noticeable rise in the number of children in the UK who are rushed to hospital every September due to their asthma. This is due to children coming into contact with more cold’s and flu in the Autumn terms and getting out of routine with their preventative medications over the summer holidays, this will increase the risks of asthma symptoms flaring up. It’s extremely important to continue preventative asthma medication until advised by an asthma nurse or GP. If your child has not had any asthmatic symptoms for a number of weeks or months that does not mean asthma has gone away, it means the preventative medication is doing its job.