09/04/2012 11:53 EDT | Updated 11/04/2012 05:12 EST

Back to school leads to peak in asthma flareups; parents urged to stress control

TORONTO - Asthma experts say the next few weeks could be busy ones for children suffering from the troubling condition.

The annual return to school typically triggers a bump in asthma activity, and experts say affected kids and their parents need to focus on asthma control at this time.

The Asthma Society of Canada says as many as a quarter of all trips children make to hospital emergency rooms for asthma problems during the year occur in September.

That surge in cases is known as the September asthma peak and it is believed that the viral infections kids pick up when school resumes provoke their asthma problems.

The Asthma Society says there are ways to lower the risk of flareups, including having children take their asthma medication year round, even when they aren't experiencing symptoms.

They suggest helping children figure out what triggers their asthma and how those triggers can be avoided, as well as having an asthma plan that is shared with school authorities.