As we transition into fall and the temperatures start dropping, asthma always seems to start flaring up again. The kids are back-to-school and now are exposed to allergens that they may have been free from during the summer months, viruses start being shared at school, and with all the pressures of getting everyone together sometimes maintenance medications may be missed or forgotten.
September is classically one of the worst months for asthmatics based on all of these factors, so it is even more important at this time that you make sure you have visited your doctor for your child’s routine asthma visit to go over your plan for the fall and winter parts of the school year.
- Don’t forget to take your maintenance medications such as inhaled corticosteroids and allergy medications, and make sure you have enough refills on your albuterol inhalers.
- Have up-to-date albuterol inhalers in as many places as possible so when they are needed, children don’t have to go searching for them.
- Make sure that when possible you can use your spacer with your inhaler as this enhances delivery of the medication into the lung.
Also this season don’t forget to get your flu vaccine for your asthmatics and their families. Everyone getting vaccinated for the flu is a vital part to keeping our asthmatic children healthy.
Remember that of all things in life breathing is the first thing we have to do so let’s make sure our children with asthma are not restricted in this basic function.
Chris Spinelli D.O., FAAP
Dr. Spinelli is a pediatrician at the OCH Northside Clinic in Springfield, MO. Spinelli is also currently a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve. After completing an undergraduate degree from Truman State University, Dr. Spinelli graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Pediatric residency at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, MS.