Yes, I am ALWAYS reading...anything and everything. The latest article I read was in Family Circle magazine's September issue. It's called "The September Epidemic." The website version is called "Everything You Need to Know About Asthma"
In the article, Dr. Stanley Szefler, director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program at the Aurora's Children's Hospital Colorado said that: "More schoolkids are admitted to the hospital for asthma attacks in September than in any other month."
Dr. Szefler says that it is known as the September Epidemic. There are a few reasons they mention:
- It could be because kids head back to school and share germs with all the other kids in school.
- It could also be because kids go on vacation during the summer, not just from school, but from using their maintenance medications. They are not in a school routine, so they forget about it. Or maybe Mom thinks she can keep an eye on the kids during the summer, so they don't need to take their maintenance medication. (Bad idea!!!!!! You should NEVER stop taking your asthma medicine without your doctor telling you to. We have made that mistake before and Son #2 ended up in the hospital because of it.) Sigh.The things you learn over the years about asthma....
- It could also be due to fall allergies. The article says that, "Up to 80% of children with asthma also have allergies, with fall being especially problematic." They say that "When breathing is constricted due to allergy congestion, the likelihood of asthma flare ups increases."
The article also talks about viral infections, the flu and obesity causing problems with asthma.
There's always so MUCH to worry about as a parent, if any of these things seem to be a problem for your child, call your doctor. He/she is there to help!
Good luck with sending kids back to school and managing asthma :)