Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) a global leader in health technology, is helping parents take charge of their children’s asthma and allergy symptoms through awareness initiatives in more than 20 countries worldwide.;
Asthma and allergies in children is prevalent globally, with research showing that 14% of children worldwide (under the age of 18) experience asthma symptoms1, while 1 in 8 children globally suffer from allergic rhinitis (such as hay fever)2. In more than 80% of children, their asthma is allergic and gets triggered by allergens3 (such as pollen, house dust, mould or flakes of skin from pets). Parents know that asthma and allergies can complicate even the simplest activities for their children, as these respiratory conditions can leave them feeling run down, uncomfortable and even upset. In Malaysia, more than 15.5% of children have one or more allergies4 while 50% of children with asthma risk are wheezing due to asthma by the age of 6 years. Worse, of the two million asthma sufferers of all ages in Malaysia, 90% of the cases are not properly controlled and treated5.