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For Kids: Help Others Understand Asthma

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People who don’t have asthma may not know how it makes you feel. Help them learn more about asthma. If you do't know what to say, ask your parents for help. Here's an example of what you can say to your family, friends, teachers, and other adults:

Children

It can also help to have an asthma buddy—another child who has asthma like you do. You might find this friend at school, on a team, or in your neighborhood. You and your asthma buddy can look out for each other. And you can count on each other to understand.

Image of asthma team
You are the star of your asthma team.

Your Asthma Team

You, your parents, and your health care provider work together as a team. They can help you with controlling you asthma symptoms and make your life easier. Tell them how you are feeling. They may have good ideas about what to do. And if you are not sure how to take your medicine or if your asthma begins to flare up, be sure to tell them.

Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth, RN, M.Ed.
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically-affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 6/16/2014
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