Carmel among best cities to raise a child with asthma


By Renee Larr



Raising children who suffer from asthma can be challenging, but maybe a little less so in Carmel.

Texas-based Alen Corp., an air purifier company, recently ranked Carmel as No. 13 on a list of the 20 best cities in the U.S. to raise a child with asthma.

Alen wanted to help parents of children with asthma take the guess work out of where to live and decided to do the research for them, said Fatima Puri, outreach specialist for Alen.

“We realized it was really important to make sure the quality of air for everyone is valued. Asthma is such a serious issue and concern, especially for children,” Puri said. “It’s really important to understand how an environment can affect a child. So we wanted to come up with a list of the best places to raise a child with asthma. We understand the triggers for asthma vary in so many ways. We decided to come up with a list that had a variety of options that parents could look at and take each individual city and do further research on it to find whatever suits the child.”

Rankings considered air quality ratings, allergy rankings, humidity, crime rate and state graduation rate of each city.

“Schooling is so important. One of the best things a parent can do if their child has asthma is to build a close relationship with their school,” Puri said. “If you think about it, if they go to a public or private school and are not home-schooled, they spend so much of their time at school. Having the school understand your child’s health concerns is extremely important.”

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