Nearly 10% of children in the U.S. have asthma.¹ About 60% of these children had an asthma attack in the last year, one-half of whom needed emergency care.²
Is your child one of them? How can you help get their asthma under control?
AAFA is teaming up with Med-IQ, a company that provides continuing medical education to doctors. Together, we’re bringing families an audio-enhanced educational website called Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts.
The website offers information about asthma and asthma medicine for parents and caregivers of children with asthma. The goal is to enhance how families use asthma management plans, improving the long-term health of children.
Parents can hear asthma experts discussing answers to commonly asked questions, including:
- What is asthma, and what causes it?
- How do I identify and avoid my child’s asthma triggers?
- What is an asthma action plan?
- Will vaccinations or allergy shots help with my child’s asthma?
In addition, doctors discuss signs and symptoms of worsening asthma, such as:
- Trouble sleeping
- Shortness of breath
They also describe how doctors will step up a patient’s asthma care if symptoms get worse.
Parents and caregivers are essential in supporting and aiding the child with asthma. This support is vital to understanding and following an asthma management plan. Families must stay up-to-date with continued education on asthma, medications and proper inhalation techniques.
Managing Your Child’s Asthma: Ask the Experts addresses the daily challenges of living with and managing asthma. It translates recent research into actionable information. By doing so, more effective communication may take place among families and health care providers. It will also help families build a stronger partnership with their care team.
Parents and caregivers are also encouraged to explore these asthma topics through AAFA’s educational resources. Find asthma action plans, checklists for creating an asthma-friendly home and more.
1. CDC. National Surveillance of Asthma: United States, 2001-2010. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/...s/sr_03/sr03_035.pdf
2. Shaikh U, Byrd RS. (2015). Population health considerations for pediatric asthma: findings from the 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey. Population Health Management. Epub ahead of print.