Parents

Asthma can be a serious disease, and affect your family's life. Whether you have an infant, older child or teen with asthma, you can find information here that will help make the job of managing your child's asthma easier.

Click on these pages to find information geared to each age group:

Click on these sections to find better ways to deal with your child's asthma:

Flu Shots: Everyone over the age of 6 months who has asthma should get a seasonal flu shot.

How do I tell my child about asthma? Do you wonder how to explain asthma to your small child? Here are ideas to help you do it well.

Basic Asthma Information: Need to know some basic information about asthma? Find out what you need to know.

Inhalers: Inhalers can work well to help keep asthma under control, but only if they are used correctly.

Steroids: Inhaled and oral steroids are often necessary treatments for asthma. Get answers to your concerns about them here.

Stay home or go to school? It can be hard to know when you should keep your child home from school and when they are okay to go. Find our tips for making a good choice here.

Working with health care professionals: Sometimes it's hard to know the best ways to work with a health care provider to get the best asthma care. Our tips on getting the most out of your asthma check-ups.

Asthma Medications: The medications used to treat asthma can be confusing. Here is a listing of medications and how to use them.

Exercise and Asthma: You know your child should exercise, but how does asthma fit into the picture? Learn all about asthma and exercise. Tips on finding the best type of activity for your child with asthma.

Asthma at School: By working with school staff, you can help make sure your child has a healthy school year. Use our checklist to make sure you don't forget things that can make a difference. Learn about the law that allows kids to carry their inhalers with them at school.

Asthma at Daycare: Many parents have concerns about how their child's asthma will be handled at their daycare.

Frequently Asked Questions: Have a question about asthma? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section to see if the answer is already there.

Smoking and Asthma: Smoking and asthma shouldn't mix. Learn all about the effects of smoking and secondhand smoke on people with asthma, and find resources to help smokers quit.