Childhood asthma - your questions answered

Ask About Asthma is a national campaign that raises awareness about the condition in children and young people. Health partners in Hounslow are supporting the week by sharing information.

Published: Friday, 8th September 2023

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This years #AskAboutAsthma campaign week takes place from 11-17 September 2023.

The theme is Widening our view and the aim is to raise awareness about the issues that can affect children and young peoples asthma care, including housing, mould and vaping.

Did you know that asthma is the most common long-term medical condition affecting children and young people? One in 11 are affected by the condition, which is around three in every London classroom.

Many have badly managed asthma, with over 20,000 admitted to hospital every year in England. Over four per cent of these have such a severe episode that they are admitted to intensive care.

#AskAboutAsthma campaign is about making simple changes to children and young peoples care that will make a big difference in how they and their families experience their asthma.

Hounslow Councils Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Transformation, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said:

Over the summer many children forget to use their preventer inhaler or mistakenly think they dont need to anymore. However, once children are back in school, asthma hospital admissions increase across Hounslow. Help your child to manage their asthma this year with four simple steps.

Teach them how to use their inhalers correctly, get an asthma action plan in place for them, schedule an asthma review with your GP every year and after every attack, and learn your childs asthma triggers.”

On Monday 11 September at 11am the NHS will be hosting a free, educational, and informative broadcast about asthma, for schools, parents, and carers as part of the 2023 #AskAboutAsthma campaign. For more information about the broadcast and to sign up for free, click here.

During #AskAboutAsthma week health professionals with NHS North West London have created a podcast to highlight the work they are doing to support children and young people with asthma in Feltham and Bedfont to help improve their asthma care, listen here.

The team is seeking to improve health outcomes and address factors including air pollution and deprivation. Listen to this podcast to see how they are bringing together partners in local authorities, GPs and primary care, hospital services, schools, and the wider community.


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