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Asthma information for parents and caregivers

Information and resources for controlling and managing your child’s asthma.

    Asthma can be tricky. We understand that managing your child’s asthma can be a confusing process and we are here to help. Below is important information and resources to help. 

    • Children and youth with asthma do best when their caregivers, medical providers, school or day care providers, and community resources work together as a team.
    • Keeping asthma under control prevents emergency room visits, hospitalization, and death.
    • As children head back to school, asthma symptoms tend to increase and so can ER visits for asthma for children whose asthma is not well-controlled. 

    Managing Asthma

    Managing Asthma
    • Asthma has no known cure
    • Asthma triggers are anything that makes asthma worse
    • Knowing and avoiding asthma triggers can prevent flare ups
    • Identify potential triggers in your home (ask your provider to make a home visit referral to us so we can help)
    • Ask you child’s doctor for a written Asthma Action Plan
    • The plan explains what to do when the person with asthma feels well or experiences symptoms, and how to prevent and recognize an asthma emergency
    • Anyone who cares for your child should have a copy of the Asthma Action Plan
    • Asthma Action Plans can reduce and prevent emergency department visits
    • Massachusetts Asthma Action Plan (English)
    • Massachusetts Asthma Action Plan (Spanish)
    • Massachusetts Asthma Action Plan (other languages)
    • Manage asthma by using medications as prescribed
    • Fill prescriptions regularly
    • Use a spacer - it is the most effective way to properly get medicine into the lungs

    Questions for your health provider

    Here is a list of sample questions to ask your doctor or health provider:

    1. What does it mean that my child has asthma?
    2. What are signs of an asthma attack or medical emergency?
    3. What will my child’s treatment look like, and what is my child’s Asthma Action Plan?
    4. How should I talk to my child about asthma?
    5. Do we need to make any changes at home? Can you make a home visit referral?
    6. Who else needs to know about my child’s asthma? What forms do I need for school/ day care/ or other caregivers?
    7. What other asthma resources are available?
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