What Can You Do
PEOPLE and PARENTS with ASTHMATIC KIDS
As a parent of an asthmatic child, take the proper precautions to ensure the health of your child:
- Make an Asthma Action Plan (see below) with your child’s pediatrician.
- Share this plan with family, childcare personnel, schools, and coaches that the child may have. Did you know that in Hawaii children are allowed to carry asthma medication in school? Make sure the school knows your child has asthma and is allowed to either keep medications with the school nurse or nurse’s aide, or if the child can administer medications on their own that the child has the medications with them at all times.
- Become aware of what triggers your child’s asthma.
- Educate yourself by completing the Asthma Basics for Children program through the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
If you are an adult with asthma make sure you know what triggers your asthma, how to administer your medications, and live a healthy lifestyle.
Check out the Asthma Control Test and create an Asthma Action Plan.
ASTHMA CONTROL TEST
The Asthma Control Test is a tool that measures whether a person is in control of his or her asthma. The five-question test is available for children 4-11 years old or for ages 12 through adult. Click here to learn more.
ASTHMA ACTION PLAN
All people with asthma should have an asthma action plan. If your child has asthma, all of the people who care for him or her should know about the child’s asthma action plan. These caregivers include babysitters and family members, as well as workers at daycare centers, schools, and camps. These caretakers can help your child follow his or her action plan.
An asthma action plan (also called a management plan) is a written plan that you develop with your doctor to help control your asthma. Your plan:
- Shows your daily treatment such as what kind of medicines to take and when to take them;
- Describes how to control asthma long term;
- How to handle worsening asthma or asthma attacks; and
- Explains when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room.
Develop your own asthma action plan or try out this widget!