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What is an asthma action plan for my child?

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When your child has an asthma flare, an asthma action plan can tell you if it’s serious or something you can handle by adjusting the medication. Your pediatrician will help you write the right plan. Most use a simple system: green for "go," yellow for "caution," and red for "stop -- danger!" The doctor may ask you to watch your child's behavior and look for specific signs to see which zone they’re in.

SOURCES: 

CDC: "Asthma Action Plan."

Children's Health Network: "Peak Flow Meter."

Nemours Foundation: "What's an Asthma Action Plan?" "What's a Peak Flow Meter?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma."

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: "Asthma Action Plan."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 29, 2019

SOURCES: 

CDC: "Asthma Action Plan."

Children's Health Network: "Peak Flow Meter."

Nemours Foundation: "What's an Asthma Action Plan?" "What's a Peak Flow Meter?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma."

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: "Asthma Action Plan."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 29, 2019

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