What to expect of your child at different ages

9) 16 years plus

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  • By the age of sixteen they are classed as an adult.
  • May still benefit from supervision, reminding and help to get to appointments and prescriptions.
  • They may be transferring from the child asthma services which they have been familiar with to adult asthma services.
  • Your focus as a parent should be on stepping back and assisting when they ask or encouraging them to take control of their asthma.
  • They should be able to recognise symptoms and know how to manage their own asthma.
  • They should be able to manage a whole consultation or appointment on their own.
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