Parents warned to check kids' inhalers as returning to school ups children's risk of infection

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 September 2017

Parents and carers in North Somerset are being warned to check their kids' inhalers. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Parents and carers in North Somerset are being warned to check their kids' inhalers. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Wojciech Kozielczyk

Doctors are calling on parents of children who have asthma to encourage youngsters to use their inhalers before they go back to school, where they will be at a higher risk of infections.

North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is also urging parents to check inhalers are full.

The CCG says using inhalers as a preventative measure, before wheezing happens, reduces the risk of children becoming unwell.

Around one in 11 children in North Somerset have asthma and for many, symptoms only occur in winter. Temperatures are set to drop, and children will be exposed to more germs when schools go back.

Dr Kirsty Alexander said: “I saw a child who had difficulty breathing when he came back from a holiday, possibly triggered by the cooler air and a minor virus.

“When he went to use his inhaler for the first time in a year, he found it was empty. If he’d been able to use it straight away he would have got better a lot quicker.”

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