Back to School Help for Kids with Asthma

For parents of children with asthma, the prospect of “back to school” can actually mean their kid will be right “back home.”

Asthma is the most common chronic illness resulting in school absence. In fact, children with asthma have three times the school absences as those without asthma.

  • 40% of children with asthma have sleep disturbances at least once a week.
  • A 2005 study showed kids with asthma may be at higher risk for poor school performance.
  • Parents’ loss of productivity from asthma-related school absences is estimated at $719 million ($285 per child with asthma) annually.
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A nasal spray with simple saline can eliminate the allergic triggers that may prompt asthma symptoms while a student is in school.

Asthma symptoms can be caused by allergens or irritants that are inhaled into the lungs resulting in difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest and, in severe cases, death.

Medications prescribed to help relieve symptoms can come with side effects that can also interfere with a child’s school performance.

With more than half of the nation’s 20 million cases related to allergic asthma, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American recommends avoiding allergens, such as dust, tobacco smoke, mold spores, pet dander, and cockroach feces.

Nasal irrigation therapy using a saline-based rinse can rid the nasal passages of the allergens that cause discomfort. While Neti pots and sinus rinses are effective, they can also be messy, inconvenient and unpleasant.

“A nasal spray with simple saline and essential oils is a good alternative,” said Ed Neuzil, ARNP, PhD, MSN, FAANP and owner of the Allergy, Sinus and Asthma Family Health Center in Lady Lake, Florida. “It can effectively rinse the allergic triggers and is easier and less messy to use. It fits in a backpack and, because it’s non-medicated, it can be used throughout the day without concern.”


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