Parents should be watchful for asthma symptoms in their children, and if children do have asthma, the home should be kept clear of asthma triggers, an EPA specialist advised Friday.
Heidi Lesane, asthma program manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was the guest speaker at the quarterly meeting of the Live Healthy Douglas Coalition. She was joined by LeShon Blakely, EPA indoor environment manager.
“Asthma is often confused with seasonal allergy,” Lesane said. “If your child is wheezing and having trouble breathing, you should go to a doctor. It could be asthma.”
Lesane said asthma accounts for about 600 emergency room visits per year in Douglas County for children ages 5-12 years. Asthma also sends about 80 children per year, ages 1-4, to the hospital, she added.
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