Preventing Back-To-School asthma attacks
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October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /


YEAR WHEN STUDENTS ARE HEADING BACK TO THE CLASSROOM.BUT IT IS ALSO THE MOST COMMON TIME OF THE YEAR FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA TO WIND UP IN THE HOSPITAL.TERESA SNOW HAS MORE IN THIS MORNING’S HEALTH CAST.(–TERESA SNOW, REPORTING–)RACHEL ALVAREZ STARTS PRACTICE WITH A PUFF.S/ Rachel Alvarez/ High school senior áááNOTE: MAJORITY OF SOT IS COVERED WITH VIDEOááá “It doesn’t help that I play sousaphone, and you have to use a lot of air.”THIS SENIOR AT BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, HAS HER ASTHMA PLAN WELL-REHEARSED. PRE-MEDICATE, AND KEEP THE INHALER CLOSE BY DURING PERFORMANCES.S/ Rachel Alvarez/ High school senior”I always have one of the band directors get it, or since my dad’s there, he has it, and he’s always watching me.” RACHEL’S ASTHMA IS WELL-MANAGED … BUT FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL THAT’S NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.S/ Ben Francisco/ MU Health Care Nurse Practitioner “September and October are the peak months all across the country for emergency room visits and admission to the hospital for children with asthma.”BEN FRANCISCO IS A PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER SPECIALIZING IN ASTHMA AT UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI HEALTH CARE.HE SAYS THE END OF SUMMER BRINGS A SPIKE IN MOLD SPORES AND WEED POLLEN, WHICH IRRITATE AIRWAYS … AND WITH STUDENTS IN CLOSE QUARTERS IN THE CLASSROOM, RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS INCREASE.THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WITH A PLAN AND A ROUTINE, EVEN THE MOST SEVERE ASTHMA CASES CAN BE MANAGED.S/ Ben Francisco/ MU Health Care Nurse Practitioner”You prevent future attacks by giving daily medications that suppress or keep down inflammation.”RACHEL IS ABLE TO BREATHE EASY ON THE FIELD, KNOWING HER MEDICATION IS NEARBY …S/ Rachel Alvarez/ High school senior”I bring it, I always use it when I need to, and it makes life easier.”AND THIS TEENAGER HASN’T MISSED A BEAT.(–DEREK–)IF YOUR CHILD CAN’T SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT BECAUSE THEY HAVE TROUBLE BREATHING OR THEY HAVE A PERSISTENT COUGH, THAT CAN BE A SIGN OF ASTHMA.ALSO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR CHILDREN WHO STOP WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN GYM CLASS OR ON THE PLAYGROUND BECAUSE THEIR BREATHING DOESN’T SUPPORT IT. 3 (–SCOTT–)HERE IS A LOOK AT YOUR SUMMER FUN


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