This content has been clinically reviewed by Ann-Marie Brooks, M.D.
Each year, all across the country, kids miss more than 13 million days of school thanks to the coughing, wheezing and trouble breathing that comes with asthma, a condition that causes the tubes in the lungs to swell and narrow, constricting the flow of breath. In Georgia alone, more than one in eight children suffers.
The back-to-school months of September and October are the most popular for emergency room visits related to asthma, thanks to triggers such as seasonal ragweed and other allergens, back-to-school stress, after-school sports and activities and an increase in exposure to germs from other kids.
As your child continues to navigate their way through the academic year, consider these pediatrician-approved tips for preventing asthma flare-ups at school.