A parents guide to asthma

1) What is asthma?

  • Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs. It causes swelling and narrowing of small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs causing shortness of breath, cough or wheeze.
  • There is no cure for asthma but the symptoms can be well controlled with treatment and avoiding irritants (triggers) that make it worse.
  • Some children will “grow out of their asthma” when their lungs develop and mature as they get older.
  • Some children will get asthma for the first time later in childhood.