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National Asthma Week

National Asthma Week

National Asthma Week: 1-7 September 2016

This week, Australia Child Care Career Options (ACCCO) is joining the initiative to help raise awareness of Asthma.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition of the airways. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers that set off their asthma. This makes it harder for them to breathe.

Asthma is characterised by recurrent respiratory symptoms, especially wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Unfortunately, the prevalence of Asthma is still increasing, currently affecting 1 in 10 people or 3.1 million Australians.

The symptoms of asthma and its intensity are different from person to person. While your symptoms usually wax and wane overtime, you can take control of your asthma through the correct management techniques and prescribed medication.

There is always a trigger which sets of an individual’s asthma. Triggers differ from person to person, and can include one or a combination of the following:

  • Viral respiratory infections such as colds and flu

  • Exercise

  • Exposure to specific allergens: house dust mites, pollen, mould spores, pets and animals.

  • Environment irritants: tobacco, other air pollutants and cold/dry air

  • Dietary triggers: food chemicals and additives

  • Medicines: aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

  • Occupations exposures: specific allergens, including dust or fumes

Having a young child with asthma can be frightening, and it’s important to know as much as you can about the condition and how it affects your child. The National Asthma Council Australia offer some pages to help you be informed and assist you in supporting young children with asthma here.

It is essential that families and staff work together to achieve the best health and learning outcomes for children with asthma.


ACCCO specialises in first aid qualifications for those employed with children in an education environment. Click here to see our first aid courses.

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