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Teachers should approach asthma differently

Children with asthma should be treated holistically to improve the quality of their everyday lives and school attendance not just their symptoms, say experts.

Karen Iley from the University of Salford's School of Nursing believes social factors surrounding asthma should also be taken into account when treating the illness.

Research found evidence that more support for teachers and help in developing relevant policies could enhance asthma management within schools.

"There are cases of children and teenagers with asthma being labelled by school staff," she says.

"Sometimes they're considered to be faking their illness or seen as being 'mollycoddled' by their mothers.

"This is an important area to consider, as educational programmes for self-management are known to provide a feeling of control in young people and could reduce absences from school."

University of Salford

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