Ever wonder why there is a spike in asthma cases during the first weeks of the school year? It's been even called the September epidemic because it occurs every year in September just after school starts.
So what's the connection between asthma and the start of the school year? As most parents know all too well, children returning to school are prone to colds. And since the common cold or rhinovirus is a known asthma trigger it is not surprising that there is a sharp increase in asthma cases at the beginning of the school year.
While asthma is a serious condition it can be well controlled and children with asthma can lead a normal life. Consult your child's doctor, your child's teacher, The Asthma Society of Canada and The Lung Association's Asthma Action Helpline for information on asthma in children or check out one of the books on childhood asthma from the library.