Kids' Asthma Out of Control
4 Out of 5 Kids With Asthma Don't Control Symptoms
Asthma Control Key: Frequent Evaluation
Controlling a child's asthma, Halterman and Kobrynski stress, is not a
simple matter. It requires collaboration between parents, the child, and the
The first step is reporting the child's symptoms to a doctor. The doctor
then develops an individualized asthma-control plan, which often includes daily
use of an inhaler and may require oral medications, too. Daily use of these
drugs is essential. But taking medicine isn't the end of the job.
Avoiding asthma triggers is an essential component of asthma control. And
asthma triggers are tricky -- new ones can pop up, and old ones may or may not
"Asthma is not a static disease -- it changes over time," Kobrynski
says. "Kids may develop new triggers, and their asthma may change -- it may
become more severe. At least two or three times a year, they need re-evaluation
to see if their treatment plan is adequate."