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It was on the soccer field the Kyle
Walsh and his mother Connie first realized something was wrong. It feels like
you’re getting left behind and you’re worse than other kids. His
face is red and he’s got his hands over his head and I’m looking at other parents like, what’s wrong with him?
It turns out Kyle has has asthma, and like millions of others, he quickly
learned that running during soccer isn’t the only risk he runs with this
condition. Experts say this is the most dangerous
time of year for kids with asthma. Fall means more allergens, more time around
other kids and more threats from cold and flu season. Actually, colds are the number one thing that land
kids in the hospital, is that they’ll come down with a cold,
they’ll start having some cough no day two and by day three, they’re in trouble. Dr. Beth Allen
is an Asthma Specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She says
kids with asthma already have an immune system that’s dealing with one
disease, so an assault from a second can be dangerous. 30% of the kids who end up in
the hospital with flu have asthma. So, they’re clearly at increased risk, if they get flu, to get quite ill,
not only with their asthma, but also pneumonia. To help protect kids with asthma this time of
year, doctors suggests these three steps: First, get them a flu shot. This will
give your child a head start on battling the flu virus before they’re exposed to
it. Take your child in for a fall check-up – to get a good reading on their
condition. And work with your doctor to come up
with a written action plan. They need to be able to recognize the
symptoms, know which medicines to use if they
develop, and also know when to call the doctor if the medicine is failing. With a
cold or flu, asthma can get serious quickly. But preparing for problems
before they occur, can help kids stay healthy and parents breathe easier. At Nationwide
Children’s Hospital, this is Clark Powell reporting.

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