Asthma is a significant concern for many children in the UK, and recent studies show a worrying increase in asthma-related hospitalisations, particularly during heatwaves. Let’s explore why this happens and how we can help our kids stay healthy.

Why Heatwaves Are a Problem: Heatwaves can make asthma worse due to:
  • Poor Air Quality: Hot weather increases pollution, making it harder for children to breathe.
  • High Allergen Levels: Pollen and other allergens thrive in warm weather.
  • Heat Stress: Extreme heat can cause dehydration and stress, aggravating asthma symptoms.
Helping Your Child During Heatwaves

Here are some tips to manage asthma during hot weather:

  • Stay Cool Indoors: Keep your child indoors during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Use Air Conditioning: If possible, use air conditioning to filter indoor air.
  • Hydrate: Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
  • Medication: Ensure your child takes their asthma medication regularly.
  • Monitor Air Quality: Keep an eye on local air quality reports and adjust activities as needed.

For more detailed information on managing asthma, visit SkillBase First Aid’s asthma management page.

The Bottom Line
Heatwaves pose a significant challenge for children with asthma, but with the right strategies and awareness, we can help manage their symptoms and reduce hospitalisations. For more tips on asthma management, check out the resources available at SkillBase First Aid.

By staying informed and proactive, we can ensure our children lead healthier, happier lives, even during the hottest days.

Richard - Founder & Course Originator

Richard is the Founder & CEO at SkillBase First Aid


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