Small changes to make a big difference for young people with asthma

Published: 7 September 2023

We’re backing a campaign to make asthma care more effective for kids and teens across Hertfordshire and west Essex.  

The #AskAboutAsthma campaign runs from 11-17 September and encourages children and young people, their families, and those involved in their care, to ensure four simple and effective measures to help them control their asthma: 

  1. Get an asthma action plan in place. 

  1. Understand how to use inhalers correctly. 

  1. Schedule an asthma review every year and after every attack. 

  1. Consider air pollution and its impact on lung health. 

The week takes place ahead of the rise in asthma attacks in September when students go back to school after their summer holidays.  

Supporting the campaign, Dr Avani Devkaran, local GP and Children and Young People Clinical Lead for Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System, said “Making simple changes to manage asthma in children and young people can make a huge difference to their experiences with the condition. 

“The campaign this year is shining a light on the wider factors that can also affect asthma care - including housing, mould and vaping. Making changes related to these - in addition to the four simple steps above - can improve lung health. 

“You can make an impact this week and beyond by reaching out to anyone you know who has asthma. If we can get people talking about it, we can together make it easier to manage the condition.” 

Please help share the #AskAboutAsthma campaign so more people know these four steps towards managing asthma better. Visit the Hertfordshire and West Essex Healthier Together website for more information.