Director of Respiratory Health
American Lung Association, Upper Midwest
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Lung Association
Centers for Disease Control
Respiratory Health Assoc. of Metro Chicago
One in 12 U.S. adults and one in 11 U.S. children has asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, childhood asthma is the most common chronic condition in children.
We don’t know what causes asthma, but we do know the cause of most asthma attacks: exposure to asthma triggers. When someone with asthma breathes in asthma triggers like dust, pet dander, pollen and smoke, the airways become irritated. What happens next is the airways constrict and produce a lot of mucous. People with asthma then begin to cough, wheeze, experience chest tightness and have difficulty breathing. This is an asthma attack.
It is important to understand, though, that asthma is a lot more than a little wheezing. Asthma is a serious medical condition. Nine people die from asthma every day, according to CDC. And asthma in children is the leading cause of missed school days and a leading cause of hospitalization.
This Childhood Asthma topic includes information, videos and resources to help you understand how to manage asthma, eliminate asthma triggers in your home and prevent an asthma attack. Leading experts from the CDC, American Lung Association and American Academy of Pediatrics provide advice for managing asthma and preventing asthma attacks.
Asthma in children requires daily vigilance, but it doesn’t have to keep kids on the sidelines. By reducing exposure to triggers and using medication correctly, anyone with asthma can prevent asthma attacks and live a healthy, active life.