Asthma is a problem with the airways that bring oxygen to your lungs. A child with asthma may not feel symptoms all the time. But when an asthma attack happens, it becomes hard for air to pass through the airways. The symptoms are:
Shortness of breath
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your child's asthma.
I Would Like to Learn About:
Is my child taking asthma medicines the right way?
What medicines should my child take every day (called controller drugs)? What should I do if my child misses a day?
Which medicines should my child take when they are short of breath (called rescue drugs)? Is it OK to use these rescue drugs every day?
What are the side effects of these medicines? For what side effects should I call the doctor?
How will I know when the inhalers are getting empty? Is my child using the inhaler the right way? Should my child be using a spacer?
What are some signs that a child's asthma is getting worse and that I need to call the doctor? What should I do when my child feels short of breath?
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.