Whether your kids are back in the classroom this fall or online learning from home, now is the time to reconnect with your child’s pediatrician to catch up on annual physicals and immunizations you may have postponed because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Asthma is one of the most common long-term diseases among children. An annual physical provides an opportunity to review and update a child’s asthma action plan, which details the child’s daily treatment, such as what kind of medicines to take, when to take them, and when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room.
Claims data shows an annual spike in the number of children’s asthma-related medical visits, asthma attacks and hospitalizations from late August through late September. All adults who care for a child who has asthma should have a copy of the child’s asthma action plan, including teachers, caregivers, and even parents of their friends.