CHICAGO, July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Breathing can be difficult for the 6.1 million children living with asthma in theU.S. In an average classroom size of 30, three of those children would have asthma. As one of the main illness-related reasons students miss school, asthma accounts for nearly 14 million lost school days a year. While there is no cure for asthma, according
"Asthma is a serious lung disease, but with proper treatment and an action plan, it can be managed, getting children back into the classroom and out on the playground," said Traci Gonzales, pediatric nurse practitioner and American Lung Association volunteer spokesperson. "Especially with summer break disrupting schedules and the fall allergy season just around the corner, now is the time to create or update an Asthma Action Plan for your child and ensure they are using long-term control medications if prescribed."
As families prepare for kids to head back to school, the American Lung Association in partnership with Philips encourages parents to include asthma management in the back-to-school checklist, offering the following tips:
"Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a team to support a child living with asthma," Gonzales said. "I recommend that parents of children living with asthma not only create an asthma management plan with their primary care provider but also meet with the school nurse and the adults in their child's life so that everyone is prepared when and if any asthma symptoms arise."
Gonzales recommends that parents of children living with asthma recruit a team – the school nurse, teachers, coaches, babysitters and adults leading after-school activities – to recognize and treat asthma symptoms right when they start.
It's important that we work together to continually educate and empower parents on how best to monitor and manage their child's asthma," said Linda Trevenen, Respiratory Drug Delivery Business Leader at Philips. "Properly managing a child's air quality and environment while following a physician prescribed treatment plan can truly transform a child's life, allowing them to perform better in school, build confidence in sports and simply get outside and play."
For more information, and to download your own copy of the American Lung Association's "Back To School Checklist" visit Lung.org/back-to-school. The American Lung Association also offers a number of video tutorials demonstrating proper use of asthma medicines, peak flow meters and resources for breathing and managing asthma symptoms.
For media interested in speaking with an asthma expert about managing asthma symptoms during the summer break and when heading back to school, contact Allison MacMunn at the American Lung Association at Media@Lung.org or 312-801-7628.
About the American Lung Association The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
About Royal PhilipsRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2017 sales of EUR 17.8 billion and employs approximately 74,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.
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