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inhaler with instructionsSo the Department of Health is finally planning to allow schools to keep a spare asthma inhaler for emergency use.

Why this has taken so long? Since when has a child having an asthma attack NOT been an emergency? When my son needs an inhaler, he needs it IMMEDIATELY. Yes, of course he should always carry an inhaler. No, unfortunately he doesn't always carry one. He is a child. Sometimes he forgets to take it.

At least twice, the school nurse has rung me because my son is feeling wheezy. Fortunately, on both those occasions he did have an inhaler in his pocket. But what would have happened if he hadn't? Would the school have called an ambulance, wasting public resources and diverting emergency services away from another, potentially more urgent, life-and-death scenario? All for the sake of a few puffs of salbutamol.

The DoH should also look into extending the spare inhaler policy to sports centres and other public venues which hold a first-aid kit. An asthma attack can strike out of the blue and having inhalers on hand will save lives.

The idea that a child might

The idea that a child might not have access to an inhaler during an asthma attack is terrifying. Of course schools and other venues should have spares for children who, for whatever reason, don't have their inhalers with them.

I’ve just read about a new

I’ve just read about a new report that says complacency about asthma treatment in the UK costs lives.

How anyone with asthma – or who treats asthmatics – can be complacent about the condition is beyond me. Once you've seen a parent searching for a missing inhaler while their child struggles to breathe, you'll never forget it.

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