Monday, February 16, 2009

Asthma

What is Asthma?

Asthma is very common among children, teens and adults. It is a disease that causes the airways of the lungs to tighten.

An asthma attack is when your lungs aren’t getting enough air to breathe. Your child might be having an asthma attack if he or she has:

* Trouble breathing
* Wheezing
* Coughing
* Chest pain
* Chest tightness



Preventing Attacks

Step 1: Talk to a Doctor

Talk to a doctor about your child’s asthma. If your child has asthma or if you think your child may have asthma, take your child to a doctor. Your doctor will work with you to keep your child from having asthma attacks.

* Learn what triggers your child’s asthma attacks.
* Identify asthma triggers in your home.
* Talk about ways to get rid of triggers in your home.
* Find out what medicine your child should take.


Step 2: Make a Plan

Ask your doctor to help you create your child’s Asthma Action Plan.

Work with your doctor to create an Asthma Action Plan that will help you learn to prevent your child’s asthma attacks.

An Asthma Action Plan will help you control your child's asthma on a regular basis.

Step 3: Asthma-Proof Your Home

Triggers are a part of everyday life.

Asthma attacks can be triggered by things like mold growing on your shower curtain or tiny dust mites that live in blankets, pillow, or your child's stuffed animals.

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