Your Child's Asthma - A Parent's Guide to Better Breathing | American Lung Association

Your Child's Asthma - A Parent's Guide to Better Breathing

Every child with asthma deserves to live life symptom-free, so they can be active and healthy. Controlling even the most severe asthma is possible. It requires families to have access to healthcare and the professionals that can help get the right treatment and management plan in place. Asthma can be challenging to manage at times, but we have some educational resources to help you learn more about asthma and what to do when your child is experiencing symptoms. Read and download these step-by-step guides to help you get started. Make a plan to take control today!

Step 1: Take Action Against Asthma

Most children with asthma develop their first symptoms before they are five years old. If you have a child who has trouble breathing, such as wheezing and coughing, talk to your child's healthcare provider about your concerns.

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Step 2: Increase Your Asthma Awareness

The better you understand your child's asthma diagnosis, the more you can do to help your child stay healthy and prevent flare-ups.

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Step 3: Manage Asthma Symptoms

Working closely with your child's healthcare provider is the first step in helping to manage your child's asthma. Schedule an asthma check-up at least once a year and more often if your child is having symptoms.

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Step 4: Know and Avoid Asthma Triggers

Knowing the things that cause your child's asthma symptoms can help prevent asthma attacks. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about these common triggers.

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Step 5: Gather Your Support Network

Educate all of the people your child spends time with—teachers, coaches, day care providers, relatives, and parents of friends. They are an essential part of your child's asthma management team.

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