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How do I know if my child's asthma is well controlled?

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You know your child's asthma is well controlled if, with medication, your child:

  • Lives an active, normal life
  • Has few troublesome symptoms
  • Attends school every day
  • Performs daily activities without difficulty
  • Has few urgent visits to the doctor, emergency room, or hospital for asthma
  • Has few asthma drug side effects

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Childhood Asthma: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Asthma Medicines: Long-term Control" and "Asthma Medicines: Quick Relief."

KIdsHealth: "What's an Asthma Plan?" and "Asthma."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Childhood Asthma: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Asthma Medicines: Long-term Control" and "Asthma Medicines: Quick Relief."

KIdsHealth: "What's an Asthma Plan?" and "Asthma."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

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