Family’s asthma ordeal

ASTHMA AWARE: Amber Traviss with children Bowie, 1, Ivy, 6, and Fox, 3, who all suffer from asthma. Picture: Laura Hardwick

ASTHMA AWARE: Amber Traviss with children Bowie, 1, Ivy, 6, and Fox, 3, who all suffer from asthma. Picture: Laura Hardwick

It’s a frightening feeling watching your child struggle for breath, and Amber Traviss has experienced this with her children - Ivy, 6, Fox, 3, and Bowie, 1.

Thousands of children will return to school next week and for the Traviss family of Wagga, that means ensuring their asthma action plan is ready.

Her two eldest will return to school and day care next week.

All three of Mrs Traviss’s children began having difficulties breathing between the ages of four and six months.

“I was just really scared because I haven’t dealt with it before,” she said.

“It’s an unnerving feeling.”

Ivy and Fox’s asthma is worse during winter and spring or when they have a virus.

Mrs Travis said Ivy can get difficulty breathing during school time because of recess and lunch time activity.

She sends her children to school and day care with a printed asthma plan, ventolin and spacers.

Her children have instructions to go to the office if they need medication and the school knows to call Mrs Traviss if they children require medication frequently.

Mrs Traviss recommends parents send children back to school with a clear plan on how to react to an asthma attack.

“Listen to your children,” she said.

“Ventolin is pretty harmless so if they say they need it, give it to them but you can tell by the way their chest is moving if they need it or not.”

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