Good Air Quality at School is Essential for Kids suffering from Asthma and Allergies

BY Solenco Reporter

The start of the school year can be busy enough without the added concern about your child’s asthma or allergies striking them in the classroom or playground. But that’s just the time when kids are most at risk of asthma and allergy flare-ups, with a spike in asthma attacks and hospitalisation seen during the first few weeks of the school term year.

When children return to classrooms, factors such as stress, a change of environment or allergens and less strict asthma management over the holidays can trigger asthma. A new set of classmates can also bring a new batch of cold and flu bugs, which are often the culprits behind asthma flare-ups.

So what can you do?

Reduce the changes of this happening for your child by following these simple steps:

At Home:

Have an up to date written asthma action plan prepared by your doctor
Ensure your child gets back into their asthma routine before the school year starts, including taking preventer medications every day if prescribed.
Ask your pharmacist to check that your child is using their inhaler properly (if they’re old enough to use it by themselves)
Have a check-up before the school year ramps up or sports lessons start to make sure things are going as well as can be
Pack a spare reliever inhaler and spacer in your child’s school bag, checking that the inhaler isn’t empty or out of date.

At School

Ensure your child feels comfortable asking for help or telling their teacher if they are getting asthma symptoms
Give the school and/or childcare a copy of your child’s asthma action plan and tell teachers and staff if your child requires help using their inhaler.
Talk to school administrators about possible asthma triggers and whether staff members receive training on how to recognise and respond to asthma symptoms.
Taking these preventative measures before and during the first few weeks of school can go a long way to helping keep your child well and out of hospital.

Why is good air quality in school so important? 

Improving the air quality in a school, child day care centre, crèche, nursery school or any other educational facility, by means of an air purifier or dehumidifier with air purification functionality can be a great way of preventing and removing airborne germs and pollutants that can cause wide spread health issues, because so many children in such close proximity to one another from spreading. Young children who are in day care very often get frequent upper respiratory tract infections, including colds and secondary ear infections each year.


Experts estimate that children who attend an educational or day care facility are more prone to getting infections since they tend to be exposed to more people and more germs. 


Crèche syndrome (as it is sometimes referred to) is an ongoing cycle of colds, sniffles and more serious illnesses (including gastro) when children are infected at such facility where they come into contact with other children on a daily basis. 


Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental health risks because their bodies are still developing, they proportionally eat, drink and breathe more per kg of body weight than adults, they are exposed to more environmental threats and they are least able to identify or to protect themselves from exposures to different environmental hazards. 


Good indoor air quality further contributes to a favourable learning environment for students and supports the productivity of school personnel.


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 January 04, 2018
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