Asthma

What is Asthma? Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. 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.

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.

Famly asthma guide from Children's Health fund:
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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.

Asthma education video from one of San Antonio's pediatric pulmonologists:
Asthma Education Video


American Lung Association a great resouce for asthma information

Resource for asthma medication coupons and prescription assistance programs.


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.