This week, to coincide with the highest hospital admission rates for asthma, Healthy London Partnership and NHS England are running their fifth public awareness campaign #AskAboutAsthma.

Asthma is the commonest long-term medical condition affecting children and young people. Asthma UK figures suggest that 1 in 11 children and young people are affected by the condition.

Poorly controlled asthma affects every aspect of children and young people’s lives – their ability to learn, enjoy time outside the school with friends or take part in sport. It affects their time with their families and how they sleep.

This time of year, as the seasons change, and children return to school is a good time to make sure that their asthma control is good.

NHS clinicians are busy – but the really want to support you and your child manage asthma in the best way. They can advise on simple measures and can help to that children and young people are getting the best out of any medications that might be needed. It is important that you build or have a good relationship with your NHS healthcare team who can support you and help you and your child manage their asthma but there are some simple measures you can make sure are in place to support children and young people with their asthma.

These three simple measures, if used consistently for children and young people with asthma, could have an impact on their quality of life.

  • The use of a written asthma action plan drawn up between a clinician and asthma sufferer means people are four times less likely to have to go to the hospital for their asthma. These are available from the Asthma UK website and can be adapted individually – they are widely used across Somerset and nationally.
  • Ensuring every child or young person (and their families/carers) understands how to use their inhaler effectively. If a child or young people does not know how to use their inhaler properly it may mean they are not getting the full benefit of their asthma medication. Your clinician will usually help with this and there is good help on the asthma UK website.
  • Having an asthma review, which should take place at least once a year and is an important way to stay well. The review will talk about any triggers or symptoms, update your written asthma action plan and check inhaler technique.  It will also ensure that the medication being used is the best for your condition.

For more information on symptoms to look out for and the support available you can check out asthmaUK or the NHS website

Young child with asthma sitting on a sofa using inhaler

Submitted by Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group