Asthma and Children

More than 6 million children in the U.S. have asthma. If your child has asthma, you probably have a lot of questions. You want to know what you can do to make your child feel better.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a lung disease that makes airways in the lungs extra-sensitive to certain things, called "triggers." Triggers can cause the airways in the lungs to narrow and make it hard to breathe.

Asthma is a chronic disease, which means your child will always have it.

Key points to help your child breathe easier

Sometimes it might feel like you don't have much control over your child's asthma. But there are things you can do. You and your child are the most important parts of successfully treating his or her asthma. Taking an active role in your child's asthma treatment can help him or her breath easier and have fewer asthma symptoms.

Remember these tips to help you successfully treat your child's asthma:

  • Make sure your child takes asthma medicines every day. And exactly as your doctor says.
  • Keep track of your child's asthma symptoms.
  • Use a peak flow meter to track how well your child is breathing.
  • Take your child to all check-ups with the doctor.
  • Let your doctor know if your child's symptoms get worse.
  • Encourage your child to get active. Walking, swimming and hiking are good exercise for people with asthma.
  • Make sure your child avoids asthma triggers as much as possible.

Want more information about helping your child breathe easier with asthma? Here are some websites to visit.

Also visit Health Programs for more information on our CareSmart® Program for Asthma.