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September Spike - Week 38




How to Avoid the September Spike

Every September, there’s a dramatic increase in the number of school children going to the emergency department with asthma attacks. It’s called the September Spike, sometimes known as Week 38, but whatever the name, it can spell trouble for the one in four Ontario students who live with asthma.

Cold viruses are among the most common triggers for asthma symptoms. When children are back in close contact with each other in classrooms, schoolyards and buses, the risk of infection is sky high. Combine this with the fact that many kids with asthma have changed or interrupted their regular asthma management schedule over the summer months, and you have asthma’s “perfect storm”.

Effective asthma management requires daily effort, avoiding triggers such as colds through regular and thorough handwashing  and taking controller medication as prescribed. By ensuring good asthma control, parents can protect a child with asthma throughout the year and ensure that they are able to lead full and active lives.

VIDEO: Keeping Children Healthy During the September Spike


Asthma in Schools and Daycares


Hand Washing:

If you have questions about managing your child’s asthma or any other lung health issue call the Lung Health Information Line – 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) – to speak to a Certified Respiratory Educator. You can also email  

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