Asthmatic children ‘missing out’

Schools are being urged to have a better understanding of asthma

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Children with asthma could be missing out on activities at school because teachers do not know enough about the condition.

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A new study by Asthma UK Cymru found that 50 per cent of youngsters they spoke to who had asthma had difficulties in joining in some lessons and attending field trips. 

The report called Missing Out found that 75 per cent of asthmatic children had problems joining in PE classes, while 40 per cent said the condition stopped them from having fun.

Concerns were also raised over the number of teachers who would not know how to react if a pupil had an asthma attack.

Asthma UK Cymru national director John Mathias told the BBC: “We would like there be clear guidelines for teachers, so they would know what to do in the event of an asthma attack.

“[Asthma] is only too common. It is a very real experience. One-in-nine children in Wales have asthma, five children a day are admitted to hospital.”

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Yesterday (May 5th) was World Asthma Day, a yearly event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma aimed at improving asthma awareness and care across the globe.

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