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Asthma in children

Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing,  and coughing. Over a lifetime, it can cause permanent lung damage. About 16% of black children and 7% of white children have asthma.

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About 6 million children in the US ages 0-17 years have asthma.
About 6 million children in the US ages 0-17 years have asthma.

Asthma hospitalizations for children declined from 10% in 2003 to about 5% in 2013.
Asthma hospitalizations for children declined from 10% in 2003 to about 5% in 2013.

More than half of all children with asthma had 1 or more attacks  in 2016.
More than half of all children with asthma had 1 or more attacks  in 2016.

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  • Page last reviewed: February 6, 2018
  • Page last updated: February 6, 2018
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