The NHS is calling on parents to keep asthma medicine close at hand this week, with children up to three times more likely to need medical help as the school year starts.
One in ten young people has asthma, with spikes in demand for help from GPs and hospitals in the weeks after school holidays, and an annual peak for children in September.
How you can prepare for the September spike:
- Make sure you use your preventer inhaler every day.
- If you are due an asthma check, arrange an appointment to make sure your asthma is under control.
- Know what your triggers are.
If you need any advice or support please speak to your GP who will be able to refer to the Lewisham Paediatric Community Asthma Nursing Team.