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According to the CDC, over 7 million children in the U.S. currently have asthma, a chronic respiratory illness which is the #1 illness that causes children to miss days of school. Experts warn that children with asthma are nearly twice as likely to visit emergency rooms for asthma attacks when school starts, than during any other time of the year.

Allergies, exposure to viruses such as the common cold from classmates, chalk dust, exercise, and even back-to-school related stress can trigger asthma to flare. By identifying your child’s asthma triggers, you can work with your doctor to create an Asthma Action Plan to help keep them free of symptoms this fall.

An Asthma Action Plan is a written plan that you develop with your child’s doctor to help control your child’s asthma. It can help you learn how to identify when your child’s asthma is getting worse, so that you can treat it before they require hospitalization.

If you have a child with asthma, you should make an appointment with Dr. Dooley to be evaluated right away, even if they are not currently having symptoms.