What You Can Do
The first step in controlling your asthma is taking the Asthma Control Test and making an Asthma Action Plan. Additional resources for parents, kids, and health care providers are also included below.
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.
ASTHMA ACTION PLAN
All people with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan (also called a management plan), a written plan that you develop with your doctor to help control your asthma. Your plan describes your daily asthma treatment including medications and when to take them, how to handle asthma symptoms, worsening asthma, and asthma attacks, and how to control your asthma long term. If your child has asthma, all of the people who care for him/her should know about the child’s asthma action plan.
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Resources for Parents
As a parent of an asthmatic child, take the proper precautions to ensure the health of your child:
- Become aware of what triggers your child’s asthma and work with a healthcare provider to get his/her symptoms under control.
- Make an Asthma Action Plan with your child’s pediatrician. Share this plan with family, childcare personnel, schools, and coaches that the child may have.
- 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. In Hawaii, children are allowed to carry asthma medication in school.
- Learn more about asthma with Asthma Basics, a free one-hour interactive learning module designed to help you learn more about asthma.
- Go to KidsHealth.org to learn more about asthma and how it affects you.
- Learn about asthma with this Fun Fact Sheet. Print it and keep it as a reference.
- Take the Asthma Control Test today!
- Explore our Activity Book!
Resources for Healthcare Providers
- The Asthma Control Assessment Chart outlines the guidelines and management of asthma.
- An Asthma Action Plan is a great way to help people and parents of children with asthma develop a plan for when asthma complications arise outside. The plan is filled out by a healthcare provider to help reduce severe complications from asthma.
- The Asthma Basics for Children program is a curriculum for health professionals who teach both early childhood teachers and parents of young children to manage asthma.
- Emergency Department Fax Referral Form