2012-09-28 / Community

Take Care Of Asthma, Now!

Asthma is especially high in New York City, where one out of every ten children has the condition. It is a long-term lung disease that causes wheezing, chest tightness and cough. The symptoms, such as a nighttime cough, may not be very noticeable in children. But while there is no cure for the disease, with today’s knowledge and medication, it is manageable in almost all cases.

The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center is signal boosting the School Health Program in New York City, that can help children with asthma by keeping an asthma pump for children at school. September, with its return to school, is the month with the highest rate of hospitalization of children with asthma. Therefore, parents of children with asthma are advised to schedule an appointment with their child’s asthma specialist NOW, even if your child is feeling well. The doctor will review and adjust medications, and teach you how to avoid asthma triggers. To help prevent symptoms and avoid hospitalization you may be given an Asthma Action Plan, written instructions to help you manage asthma at home.

The doctor should also complete a school Medication Administration Form which the parent must give to the school nurse.

People with asthma can live normal, healthy active lives when they partner with their specialist.

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