What to expect of your child at different ages

8) 15 years

2 teenagers at the skate park

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  • Busy year at school with national exams.
  • Don’t want asthma to interfere with their life.
  • Often choose to use their inhalers and take more responsibility for this.
  • Some teenagers will be tempted by risky behaviours such as alcohol, drugs or smoking. Look out for this as it can affect their asthma control and effectiveness of their medicines.
  • Should be able to take inhalers and be the main participant of the consultation with their asthma team.
  • Parents should be more reassured that the teenager knows their own asthma and how to manage it.
  • Still need help getting to appointments and to collect prescriptions.