There are over 1 million children with asthma in the UK, that’s 1 in 11 children and there are, on average, 2 children in every classroom with asthma.
Every single day there are 84 children admitted to hospital for emergency treatment for asthma and the equivalent of a classroom of children die because of asthma every year.
It is currently illegal for schools to have an emergency spare inhaler to use in the event of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
The government have recently announced a public consultation on spare emergency inhalers in schools. Inhalers that could be used to help a child in the event of an unexpected asthma episode, and even save a life.
Please visit the Asthma UK page and complete the consultation response. Every response will highlight how important this issue is to children with asthma, and their parents. But please click now – you only have until 30 May to make this difference.
The Asthma UK Helpline offers independent advice about asthma for anyone worried or who would like to talk confidentially to a specialist asthma nurse. It is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm on 0800 121 62 44.