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Fall Can Mean New Challenges for Your Kids With Asthma

If you have a child with asthma or other respiratory issues, then you know that each season can bring with it, its own set of issues. However, for many kids and teens with asthma, the fall months can be particularly challenging.

“Although asthma can flare up for a number of reasons, a lot of people with allergies also have asthma, and asthma can be triggered by allergies. So the fall is a tough time for asthmatic sufferers,” said Dr. Gaurav Kumar, a pediatrician at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, in a US News and World Report Health News Release.

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While many kids do well with their asthma during the summer, problems often accompany the return to school. “You go from taking these outdoor summer vacations to now being in a closed classroom again,” Kumar explained.

“So now you’re in contact with people in enclosed spaces. And of course, what happens is germs are more likely to spread that way. So you could get colds from friends who have colds, and then that becomes a trigger for asthma.”

Parents need to make sure their child’s asthma is under control. If a child stopped taking preventive asthma medications regularly during the summer, they should resume daily use now, Kumar advised. Children with asthma should have checkups at least once a year, and in some cases as often as three or four times a year.

“An asthma checkup is an opportunity for us to reassess how the year has gone and to make plans in anticipation of what might happen,” Kumar said.

Dr. Kumar added that a flu shot is also important because kids with asthma are at high risk for serious flu-related complications. Asthma is the most common medical condition among children hospitalized with the flu.

The flu vaccine is “very safe” in children with asthma and “will not cause any negative effects to trigger asthma attacks,” Kumar said.

Do you have a kid with allergies and or asthma? Are they worse in the fall? Please share your experiences in the comments below!

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