Celebrity doctor Hilary Jones and Emma Wileman, founder of Haydn’s Wish charity, recently spoke to 193 S1 pupils as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the link between asthma and allergies.
Emma’s son, Haydn, tragically died aged 9, due to anaphylactic shock caused by the combination of asthma and an allergic reaction to peanuts.
The campaign, ‘Best To Test’ in its second year, is designed to improve the diagnosis of allergies and how to treat them, which in turn could save lives.
Allergies trigger asthma exacerbations in 60-90% of children and 50% of adults with asthma. Patients with asthma plus allergy to peanuts or tree nuts are at an increased risk of fatal anaphylaxis.Around 1 in 12 children have a food allergy3 and 1 in 70 children have a peanut allergy.
Last year ‘Best To Test’ set out to make the unknown known; spreading the word about allergies and its connection with asthma, the dangers and how to treat them to school children across the country.
“We want to make teachers and pupils more aware so they can seek help and advice,” said Dr. Hilary.
Dr. Hilary Jones and Emma will continue to visit schools throughout the year across England, Scotland and Wales.
For more information visit www.haydns-wish.co.uk.