Asthma is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes inflammation in the lungs and narrows the airways.  Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. Several factors increase a child’s risk of developing asthma including: a parent with asthma, allergies/eczema, or history of respiratory infections causing wheezing.  If your child has asthma, they should have regular appointments with their pediatrician to assure their symptoms are well controlled.

As a parent, you can help manage your child’s asthma by:

avoiding triggers such as tobacco smoke, allergens, and environmental irritants
giving medications as prescribed
seeking medical evaluation if an asthma flare develops