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For Kids: Asthma Action Plan

If you have asthma, you know how it feels to have a “flare-up.” It’s hard to breathe. Your chest may feel tight. You may feel tired and not want to play. How you feel tells you what “asthma zone” you’re in. Know how to tell whether you are in the green, yellow, or red zone. And know what to do for each zone.

Green Zone: Safe

Illustration of a boy in a green shirt throwing a ball.
Green: You are feeling good.

When your lungs are fine, you’re in the green zone. You feel good. Asthma doesn’t get in your way. Keep using your controller inhaler. And watch for triggers (things that can make your asthma worse).

Illustration of a boy in a yellow shirt holding a ball and coughing.
Yellow: You are starting to feel symptoms.

Yellow Zone: Warning

You’re starting to have a flare-up. Ask an adult for help. Use your quick-relief inhaler. Yellow zone symptoms may be:

  • Coughing

  • Wheezing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Chest tightness

  • Faster breathing

  • Tiring easily with exercise

Illustration of a boy in a red shirt who is having trouble breathing.
Red: You are having a flare-up.

Red Zone: Danger

You’re having a flare-up! Tell your parents or another adult right away. Use your quick-relief inhaler.

Red zone symptoms may be:

  • Constant coughing or wheezing

  • Symptoms that start suddenly during the night

  • Trouble breathing at rest

  • Breathing very hard or fast

Fill in the blanks! Use words from the list below.

When I’m in my green zone, I feel _______. I still have to use my_______ inhaler. I also have to watch out for _________. When I’m in my yellow zone, I’m starting to have a __________. I might wheeze or have other __________. Then I have to use my __________ inhaler. When I’m in my red zone breathing is very ___________. I need to get ___________ right away.

 

triggers  healthy  symptoms  hard

help  controller  quick-relief  flare-up

Online Medical Reviewer: Berry, Judith, PhD, APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Hanrahan, Maura, MD
Last Review Date: 11/19/2012
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