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Summer holidays lead to 'September spike' in asthma

Poor asthma care over the summer often leads to increased risk of attacks in September, a charity has warned. 

In England, more children are rushed to hospital with an asthma attack in mid-September than in any other time during the year, Asthma UK has warned. 

The charity said that just six weeks before that hospital admissions are at their lowest.

Up to 75% of hospital visits could be avoided by giving children the right support to handle their condition, the charity claims. 

There are around 1.1 million children with asthma in the UK - around two children in every classroom having the condition.

More than 25,000 children were hospitalised because of their asthma in 2011-12 4, and eighteen children under 14 died as a result of an asthma attack in 2011.5  Children who have allergies on top of their asthma are thought to be particularly at risk.

Dr Samantha Walker, deputy chief executive of Asthma UK, said: "Normal routines can go out of the window during the summer break, which can effectively create a time-bomb for children with asthma. 

“Those who forget to take their preventer inhalers over the summer will be less in control of their symptoms and therefore more vulnerable to asthma attacks come term-time."

Asthma UK has launched the 'Teach Asthma a Lesson Next Term' campaign, which urges parents and children to develop a fun routine to manage their asthma over the summer. 

For under 12s, parents are urged to order a free interactive 'My Asthma' pack, while teenagers can play a fun online game to make them more aware of taking their inhalers during the holidays. The game will launch in early August.