Date: 03 September 2018
Around 1 in 10 children and young people in London have asthma but less than half of these have an asthma management plan or know how to use their inhaler correctly. Evidence shows that asthma attacks increase as children head back to school after the summer break. A variety of reasons can be the cause including changing weather, air pollution and coughs and colds.
Asthma UK provides advice on how to help your child stay well through September and beyond. This includes information on the signs that your child could be approaching an asthma attack and what to do if their symptoms are getting worse. Visit www.asthma.org.uk for more information.
Bromley GPs are supporting the London wide #AskAboutAsthma campaign which aims to encourage all children and young people with asthma and those who care for them, to ask themselves these simple questions:
ASK: Do I have an asthma management plan? This helps identify the right colour inhaler and dosage, and when to seek emergency help.
ASK: Can I use my inhaler properly?
ASK: Have I had my annual asthma review?
Local GP and Bromley CCG Clinical Lead for Children and Young People’s Services Dr Bhumika Mittal, explains: "Asthma is a common condition and we all have a responsibility towards our children and young people to improve their care and to take steps to reduce the triggers. Together we can make an impact, whether we take a pledge to reduce our contribution to air pollution or by raising awareness for diagnosing and managing asthma."
We want people to:
The #AskAboutAsthma campaign is also asking local residents in Bromley to take small steps to improve air quality by asking them to make a My Asthma Pledge in support of the campaign. You can share your pledges by Tweeting @HealthyLDN and @NHSBromley_CCG
Please help us to support this campaign by encouraging children, young people and their families to #AskAboutAsthma and get the right advice to ensure that they are able to manage their asthma effectively.
You can find out more about the #AskAboutAsthma campaign on the Healthy London Partnership website.
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Around 1 in 10 children and young people in London have asthma but less than half of these have an asthma management plan or know how to use their inhaler correctly