September is actually a highly predictable time for severe asthma exacerbations for both children and adults. Why is this? It is directly linked to children going back-to-school at a peak time for rhinovirus infections (i.e. the common cold). Children carry the virus and pass it to others including adults. Those at particular risk are those with allergies and asthma. It is critical for those with allergies and asthma be well-controlled prior to the season starting.
Many are suffering from allergies or asthma and may not recognize it. Do you have the recurrent or chronic cough that just won't go away? Do you wake in the night coughing? Cough with exercise or activity? Does your child cough at recess? If you suffer from these, then you may be at risk. Many people may recognize symptoms of wheezing and shortness of breath, but do not recognize the chronic or recurrent cough as a symptom. There are some simple tests that I can do to help determine if you are at risk or not.
Sending a child with food allergies to school can be terrifying for a parent. It is important to know the school's policies. Make sure injectable epinephrine is readily available for your child. Know where it is, if it can be kept with the child, if not, then know who has access . Know the emergency plan. Talk to teachers and staff. Watch for signs of bullying by other students.
Dr. Doug Jones
Rocky Mountain Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
6065 S Fashion Blvd STE 255
Murray, UT 84107
1660 W Antelope Dr. STE 225
Layton, UT 84041