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Children with asthma are missing out

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Asthma attacks are often caused by triggers such as dust, pollen, tobacco, pets or stress.

A study by Asthma UK has revealed that asthmatic children are missing out on school activities because teachers don't know how to deal with their condition.

Why is asthma in the news?

New research shows that 1 in 4 children who suffer from asthma think it stops them from having fun.

Half of the children surveyed said they've had problems joining in during lessons and school trips. 3 out of 4 said they've had problems in PE.

Why are asthma sufferers having these problems?

Asthma UK's report says that 3/4 of teachers are not confident that they would know what to do if a child in their class had an asthma attack.

The study found that some teachers over-protect children with asthma and don't allow them to join in. Other teachers sometimes assume children are over-reacting to their symptoms.

Asthma UK is encouraging the government to make more guidelines on how teachers should deal with asthmatic children. They also want to get more nurses into schools.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition that affects the airways. From time to time sufferers will have an asthma attack - this is when the airways constrict which makes it harder to breathe and often causes coughing, wheezing and breathlessness.

Asthma is the most common long term condition affecting children. Around 1 in 10 children have it, although many grow out of it.

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Sources: Asthma UK

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Where to next?

- A full medical explanations of asthma in adults and children from Patient UK
- Expert advice on controlling asthma triggers
- Allergies help and advice
- A medical explanations of eczema

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