Most children and young people with asthma also have allergies and those with food allergies are at greater risk of having severe asthma attacks. The combination of both conditions has potential health consequences that can be very serious and can be difficult to manage.
Lots of activities for children and young people take place in school or community halls. There are many possible risks for those with asthma in this type of environment. Learn more about the risks for children in your care by undertaking the module.
Children love to play and hate to feel different or excluded. There a lots of activities (not just sports) that children and young people with asthma may find difficult to join in with, but with your help it could be made easier.
Children and young people spend a lot of time at school. There are, on average, two children with asthma in every classroom. Where are their inhalers stored? Is there anything in the classroom that can trigger asthma attacks? Do the staff know how to help a child having an asthma attack?
Your organisation welcomes children and young people including those with asthma. Is your organisation Asthma Friendly? Do the adults in your organisation know about asthma and understand how it can affect children and young people? Do you have the appropriate policies in place to support the children with asthma in your care?
Many top athletes have asthma so it is a myth that people with asthma can’t take part in sport. Sports can be difficult for some children and young people with asthma but usually simple solutions can be found to help them participate. For more information, see our ‘Tips for Living with Asthma’ within the module.