Asthma

What is Asthma? Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. Asthma is a condition of chronic inflammation in the lungs.  Like many chronic diseases, management of asthma can include daily medications to control symptoms and prevent flares, intermittent medications for use when symptoms are flaring, lifestyle changes, evaluation of allergies, and frequent monitoring by your doctors. Below is a list of resources you may find helpful in understanding your child's asthma.

Asthma Education Video - Asthma education video featuring one of San Antonio's pediatric pulmonologists, Dr. Kelly Smith.

Famly asthma guide from Children's Health fund:
English / Spanish

American Lung Association a great resouce for asthma information


Did you know that Asthma Control means no missed school days
and no limitations to activity?  

A simple way to tell if your child's asthma is under control is the Asthma Control Test.  A score of 19 or less means their asthma is not controlled as well as it could be.  If your child scores 19 or below, talk to their provider to see how you can work together to improve their asthma management.


 

Going to school with asthma requires planning - Back to School Health Tips

Check out these cool  Asthma Specific Summer Camps in Texas.



Medications

 
Your child may need to use a short-acting bronchodilator, such as albuterol or xoponex when they are experiencing asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing or chest tightness.  These short acting medicines are available in an inhaler or in a nebulizer.  These medicines provide short-term relaxation of the muscles in your child's airways, allowing them to breath easier. 

Some children require the use of a a daily controller inhalers to decrease the inflammation in their lungs and orevent flare-ups.  If your child is prescribed a daily inhaler, it is important that they use this consistently every day. 


Using a metered dose inhaler with a spacer - This short video shows you how to properly use your asthma inhaler with spacer.  It is a great visual aid for kids and adults!  Remember to use your spacer every time you use your inhaler.

There are many types of inhalers on the market now that don't require spacers. See the links below for directions on how to use your child's specific inhaler:

 QVar Redihaler daily controller inhaled corticosteroid.
ProAir or AirDuo Respiclick inhaler.
Flovent or Advair Diskus inhaler.  

A great resource for asthma medication - coupons and prescription assistance programs.



 
Just for Kids

Lungtropolis
American Lung Association website with action-packed games designed to help kids ages 5-10 control their asthma and accompanying parent site with information on how to care for a child with asthma.

Apps that help you and your child manage their asthma:

Wellapet - educational and fun for kids. Teaches kids about asthma. Available for iOS and Android

Assist Me with Inhalers - instructions on using apps and sets reminders to take meds. Available on iOS.

AsthmaMD - app for tracking daily symptoms, following asthma action plan. Available on iOS and Android.

Asthma Storylines - A self-care tool for managing asthma that records asthma symptoms in between doctors visits and allows you to share them with your doctor.