It’s hard to see your child sick. The good news is that you can help your child gain control over asthma. That means fewer days out of school and fewer attacks that can be scary for you and your child.
Along with the doctor, you have an important role in helping your child control asthma. We congratulate you for taking the time to read this information on our website.
Learn about asthma
Learn about asthma and the early warning signs before asthma gets out of control. Work with your child’s doctor. Come up with an asthma action plan that works for your child.
What is asthma? Asthma is a disease that causes the airways of the lungs to tighten and swell. It is common among children and teens.
What is an asthma attack? An asthma attack happens when your child has asthma and their lungs aren’t getting enough air to breathe. Your child may cough or wheeze during an attack.
What causes an asthma attack? Things that cause asthma attacks are called triggers. Triggers are everywhere. Your child’s home or school can be full of triggers such as pests and mold.
How will I know if asthma is getting worse?
Learn your child’s warning signs and catch an attack before it gets worse. While warning signs differ from child to child, parents report some common signs. Think about the last time your child had an asthma attack.
Be aware of your child’s warning signs Often your child may show warning signs. Warning signs are clues that your child’s asthma may be getting worse. A very young child may not be able to tell you how he or she feels. So you may have to watch a younger child more closely to find out if something is wrong.