1,820 Kilkenny children at risk of potentially fatal asthma attack during ‘September Peak’
By COLIN BARTLEY
SOME 1,820 children in Kilkenny who suffer from asthma are at risk of a potentially fatal asthma attack this month, a support group has said.
September is one of the riskiest times of the year for people with asthma, especially children. Doctors see a significant spike in hospital visits and admissions of children with asthma, as a result of what is known as the ‘September Asthma Peak’.
This year, the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) is has urged parents of children who have asthma to use its September Survival Guide to ensure their children do not end up in hospital. It sets out every step parents can take to help avoid hospital admissions.
Asthma Consultant Dr Muhammed Tariq, speaking on behalf of ASI, said: “Every September I see a notable increase in the number of children admitted with respiratory conditions.
“The September Asthma Peak is caused mainly by viral infections and is particularly dangerous for children with asthma who have slipped out of their asthma management routine over the summer months. These children are particularly at risk of their asthma leading to a hospital visit.”
Parents can download the ‘September Survival Guide’ by logging on to http://www.asthma.ie