Parents and carers of children with asthma are being urged to take the condition more seriously as new data reveals asthma-related deaths among under 15-year-olds have more than doubled since 2006.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data recorded 17 deaths in 2009-10 for children under 15 years compared to seven deaths in 2005-06.
“This is the first time we have seen an increase in asthma-related deaths among children – it’s deeply concerning and should be a major wake-up call for parents,” National Asthma Council Australia Chair, Dr Noela Whitby, said.
“It’s imperative that parents and carers of children with asthma take the necessary steps to ensure their child’s condition is controlled by implementing an ongoing asthma management program and following their doctor’s advice,” she said.
For more information, please click: