Watching your child struggling to breathe is not something any parent wants to experience.
But over a million children across the UK suffer from Asthma, including J.
He was first hospitalised when he was 10 months old and last year he had four trips to A&E, once by ambulance.Every time he gets a cold or virus we wait tentatively to see how badly it affects his chest and whether we will need to make another trip.
That’s why we are taking part in Asthma UK’s #scarfie campaign. Lots of people’s symptoms – including mine – are triggered by the cold weather. Pulling up a scarf across your face can help warm up the air before it hits your lungs and reduce the impact it has on your breathing.
J has two daily medications, is reviewed by the team at Addenbrookes and so far this Winter he is doing well. Tragically though three people a day die from Asthma yet two thirds of these deaths are preventable. Uncontrolled asthma can also make an allergic reaction more severe.
So take your #scarfie and spread the word.
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