Asthma Basics

Asthma Action Plan

Your childs plan will include:

  • The name, dosage, and timing of your childs medicines
  • Your childs triggers
  • Emergency contact information, such as your doctors phone number and your phone number
  • What to do when your childs asthma symptoms first appear
  • What to do in a breathing emergency

If your child gets an infection, hell generally get better with medicine. But asthma is a chronic diseasethe most common chronic illness among children. It does not go away, even when your child is feeling fine.

What happens during an asthma attack?

During an asthma attack, or episode, the airways in your childs lungs get swollen and narrowed and produce more mucus. An asthma episode usually starts when your childs airways over-react to an asthma trigger, something that makes your childs symptoms worse. This makes it more difficult for her to breathe. Your childs health care provider will help you and your child figure out what triggers are most bothersome for her. Your provider may also give your child medicine to treat asthma episodes and to prevent symptoms.

Your child can stay active.

Your child has to live with asthma, but asthma should not stop him from living an active, healthy life. He can swim in a pool, shoot hoops, or run around a soccer field as long as his lungs are kept healthy and strong. Your childs health care provider will work with you to make sure his asthma is kept in good control.

Create an Asthma Action Plan.

At your childs regular asthma checkups, be prepared to ask questions. Listen to your health care providers instructions and advice, and take notes so you dont have to worry about forgetting anything later. Together, you can create an Asthma Action Plan.

You can use the action plan daily to manage your childs asthma. You should also give copies to the other adults who provide care for your child. Your childs day care provider, teacher, school nurse, or grandparents may be important members of your asthma action team. They should know the warning signs of an oncoming asthma episode, and they should know how to help your child during a breathing emergency.

Asthma Triggers
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Learn how controlling triggers can reduce your childs asthma symptoms.

Asthma Action Plan
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Use this convenient form to help manage your childs asthma.

Medicine Quiz
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Take this quiz to get answers about your child's asthma medicines.