Did you know that the third and fourth weeks of Term One are when New Zealand experiences the highest rate of hospitalisations for childhood asthma – greater than even the winter months?

International studies have found several possible reasons for this, including exposure to new viruses and allergens in the school environment, as well as changes in emotions like stress and anxiety which can be triggers for asthma.

Respiratory Paediatrician Dr David McNamara, who is also a member of the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board, says there are important things that parents can do to help their child with the return to school. Here are his tips:

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