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The September Asthma Spike: What teachers need to know

Did you know?
September 17 has the highest number of asthma emergencies of the year, just a few weeks after school starts. Learn why and how you can help prevent these asthma attacks here.


Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease and is a major cause of missed school days. In Saskatchewan alone, there are about 35,000 children living with asthma. This means that in an average classroom in our province there may be at least 2 children who have asthma. Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization among children in Canada. If not properly managed, these children can struggle with persistent cough, missed school days, participating in sports, and heightened allergic reactions. To learn more about asthma in school click here.

Teachers can do a great deal to help children maintain good asthma control, but they need to be provided with the educational tools and experiences to do so.  Why do teachers need to know about asthma?  When students have good control of their asthma they:

  • Miss fewer days of school
  • Have an improved quality of life
  • And are better learners.



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