Community Pediatric Asthma Service

Lungs

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic or long-term disease of the airways, the tubes that carry air into our lungs. It causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes that lead to airflow limitation.  Asthma has many symptoms and children with asthma may experience some or all of them.  Talk to your doctor about asthma if you notice your child experiencing any of the following:

  • Cough in the middle of the night that often wakes you or your child up
  • Cold symptoms (congestion, cough, trouble breathing) that won't go away after a few weeks
  • Coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing or chest tightness after a few minutes of exercise, or during specific times of the year such as “allergy season” or cold seasons

Children playing Asthma Action Plan Section

Asthma Action Plan

The best plan is your own Asthma Action Plan. If you don’t have one, print a plan to discuss with your doctor or educator.

Asthma Devices

Devices

Common devices to deliver medicine to the lungs are often called “puffers.” Visit this section for device instructions and videos.

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Asthma Videos

Here you’ll find helpful asthma-related videos including device tips and tricks, and child-friendly animated videos.

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