Asthma attacks – how to avoid the back to school ‘September Surge’

Asthma – top tips to swerve the September (back to school) Surge.

In the UK there are 1.1 million children suffering with asthma. That means that each classroom in the UK has on average three children who suffering from asthma.

The number of children needing emergency treatment doubles in September compared to August. When the pupils return to school in September there is always steep rise in children being hospitalised with asthma attacks. It is recorded that in the UK a child is admitted to hospital approximately every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack.
So what could be the reason why children settling back into school find their asthma suddenly becomes unstable? And how can parents help?


It is quite common for babies and young children to experience febrile convulsions. These seizures are caused by a rising body temperature when they are unwell. These seizures are extremely frightening, both for the patient and those around, however these ones are rarely life threatening. Your child is likely to grow out of them by the time they are about 5 years old.
It is also possible for children to be diagnosed with Epilepsy and they may have been prescribed specific medication to control their seizures. They may also have additional medication to be used if a seizure continues for more than 5 minutes. Specific training is needed if staff are expected to administer this medication.

How to Treat Anaphylaxis.

How to Treat Anaphylaxis.

You do need to act quickly if anaphylaxis starts!

If you notice any or all of the following symptoms: tingling and swelling of the lips, eyes and face, itching/rash, tightening of the throat, difficulty in breathing, get them to use their auto-injector or assist them to administer it.
Call 999 or 112 for an ambulance immediately, stating ‘anaphylaxis’.

It has been recorded that one in five fatal food-allergic reactions do happen at school. It is possible that schools can now purchase emergency auto-injector treatment for anaphylaxis. This is a backup auto-injector for any child in their care who has already been prescribed these devices for anaphylaxis.
Although it is not compulsory, many schools indicate that they have welcomed this change as part of their duty of care to children at risk of anaphylaxis.
Acute allergic reactions can be life threatening. It is crucially important you recognise the problem and know what to do quickly to save a child’s life.
Avoid any known allergens. For mild allergic reactions, an antihistamine tablet or syrup can be effective but takes at least 15 minutes to work.
If you are concerned that the reaction could be systemic (all over) and life threatening, it is imperative that the use of an adrenaline auto-injector be immediate. It is far better to give adrenaline and not to have needed it, than to give it too late.

First Aid Response in Schools

First Aid Response in Schools.

We have found that with school funding being cut, moneys available for school nurses is being squeezed or indeed lost altogether. We hear from many schools that need more information about providing emergency care for children.
We have seen the four main areas of concern are: anaphylaxis, adrenaline auto-injector pens (Epipens, Jext, Emerade ), asthma and seizures.
Carry on reading for our first aid tips to respond promptly to any of these emergency situations in schools.


First Aid Training North East Ltd is a fully regulated First Aid Training provider; our trainers are highly experienced professionals who will tailor the training to your needs.

We run a variety of courses covering adult and child First Aid in a school setting: Paediatric First Aid covering the full Ofsted syllabus, the Fully Regulated Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) tailored to Schools and a short 4 hour Emergency First Aid for Schools course covering CPR, choking, asthma, head injuries, minor and major bleeds, fitting and other common medical emergencies in a school setting.

We are happy to arrange bespoke courses for you on many topics and cover specific illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, seizures and acute allergic reaction.

Our website contains a wide range of free resources including posters on adrenalin auto-injector, which are available on request.
Please call, text or email our team and let us know how we can help
Tel / text: 07378 306077

First Aid Training North East Ltd provides this information for guidance. It is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid Training North East Ltd is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information. It is strongly advised that you attend a practical First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency.