Working with Your Child on Asthma Control

KELLER LOVES PLAYING IN THE LEAVESAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma is the most prevalent chronic disorder in children. In 2009, the CDC found that asthma affected 7.1 million children and youths under the age of 18, and more than half of that population suffered an asthma attack or episode during the same year. Furthermore, asthma was the top third reason for hospitalization in children under the age of 15 in 2006 and was the top reason for school absenteeism in 2009. Asthma control is a big deal, both for children who suffer from the disease and for their parents. When a child’s asthma symptoms aren’t managed, his or her quality of life is greatly reduced. By participating in asthma disease management programs together, parents and children can increase their odds of success.

Helping Your Child with Asthma Disease Management

Children with asthma sometimes need motivation and support when it comes to controlling their symptoms. By creating a written promise to practice asthma control together, you can help reassure your child that he or she does not have to deal with the disease alone. You can make your own written agreement or download and print our pre-made Asthma Agreement, which includes the following:

  • You will both practice a healthy lifestyle that includes eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of sleep and exercising regularly.
  • You will both talk to your child’s doctor about asthma disease management, the best treatment options and creating an “Asthma Action Plan.” With the action plan, the doctor can help you and your child identify triggers and determine what to do when asthma symptoms worsen.
  • You will both follow the action plan when necessary.

Asthma control is more successful when you and your child work together. Download the Asthma Agreement today to get started!

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