Asthma and Children
Asthma Attack Symptoms
An asthma attack is a sudden worsening of your child's asthma. Symptoms of an asthma attack might include wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, trouble breathing, and a drop in your child's peak flows.
Asthma inhalers are commonly used to both treat and prevent asthma and can include albuterol inhalers, steroid inhalers, and combination inhalers.
Controlling Your Child's Asthma
Review the preferred treatments or steps for children who have persistent asthma symptoms, including the use of long-term controller medicines such as Singulair, Pulmicort Respules, Pulmicort Turbuhaler, Advair, or Symbicort.
Asthma Photo Gallery
These photos of children using nebulizers, spacers, and inhalers, will help to demonstrate some of the treatment options available for kids with asthma.
Submit your parenting tips for coping with common issues and problems related to parenting a child with asthma. Did you have a hard time getting your child diagnosed or getting your child to use his asthma medicines, etc.? What works for you?
Allergy Testing - Testing Kids for Allergies
Review when kids can and should have allergy testing done, including allergy skin tests or the RAST allergy blood test.
Asthma is a serious and potentially life threatening illness that affects many children. Learn the basics about asthma to help control and prevent your child's asthma attacks.
Asthma Screening Quiz
Asthma is a common disease that affects children, with experts reporting that about 5% of people have asthma. Although often easy to diagnose if your child has a cough, wheezing, and trouble breathing, it can be much more difficult to diagnose if the child simply coughs a lot. Take our asthma screening quiz to see if your child has any of the symptoms of asthma:
Managing Your Child's Asthma
Learn how to manage your child's asthma by learning to use a metered dose inhaler (MDI), spacer, nebulizer, and peak flow meter.
Asthma Treatment in Kids - About.com Symptom Checker
Check symptoms and treatment of asthma treatment in kids in the Asthma Treatment in Kids section of the About.com Symptom Checker
Asthma Action Plan Sample
An asthma action plan can help you recognize early warning signs, and how to act to prevent an asthma attack.
Pediatric Nebulizer Treatments
Easy step by step guide to help asthmatics correctly use a nebulizer to manage their asthma.
How to Use an Inhaler with a Spacer
Step by step instructions for asthmatics using their inhalers with a spacer. An MDI with a spacer can be a good alternative to using a nebulizer, since it is faster and more portable.
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology website, which includes Pediatric Asthma Guidelines, educational materials on treating allergic diseases, and a referral directory to find a specialist in your area to treat your child with asthma or allergies.
Asthma Center - Help for Asthmatic Kids
Dr. Iannelli's Asthma Center for children, with information about action plans, prevention, peak flows, a symptom diary, and avoiding asthma triggers.
Resources to help you control your child's asthma, including how to help your child stay healthy at school.
Resources for parents of children with asthma, including message boards, online journals, action plans, and tips and hints to best manage your child's asthma.
Get the latest news, research and information about asthma.