Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If your child has asthma, he or she has it all the time, but he or she will have asthma attacks only when something bothers his or her lungs.
In most cases, we don't know what causes asthma, and we don't know how to cure it.
Asthma can be controlled by knowing the warning signs of an attack, staying away from things that trigger an attack, and following the advice of a doctor or other medical professional.
An asthma attack can occur when someone with asthma is exposed to things in the environment, such as house dust mites and tobacco smoke. These are called asthma triggers.
Resources for Parents
CDC's National Asthma Control Program created this set of videos to help children with asthma and their families and caregivers learn how to use an asthma inhaler. The kids in these videos have asthma. Watch them demonstrate the techniques they use to take their medicine. This helps them control their asthma.
This site offers you information about living with allergies and asthma.
If you think your child might have asthma, the first step is talking to a doctor. This site offers more information about childhood asthma: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/childhood-asthma.aspx.
This site offers you information about asthma and children.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency informs people about the environment and develops and enforces regulations to protect the environment. Its mission is to protect human health and the environment. Here you will find helpful information about how you can control asthma triggers at home.
Did you know that things in the bath, blankets, or stuffed animals can trigger an asthma attack? Find out how to reduce common asthma triggers in your home. Go to the section For Kids to download a fun booklet with games that can help your child learn about asthma.