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What is the yellow zone of the an asthma action plan and what is involved?

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An asthma action plan is a guide for how to handle your child’s asthma flare. Think of the yellow zone as a caution zone. It’s when your child:

For yellow zones, your child’s doctor may prescribe additional medication for quick relief, called rescue medicine. If the drugs don’t help, your doctor may tell you to give the medicine again, or to call their office.

  • Coughs
  • Seems short of breath
  • Wheezes
  • Has some trouble with usual activities
  • Has tightness in the chest
  • Wakes up at night with breathing problems

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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