An asthma attack can be a frightening experience for child and parent alike. And yet, an asthma attack is something that no child with asthma need ever experience. With the proper knowledge and a few precautions, your child can learn how to minimize the affect that asthma has on his or her life. And as the parent of a child with asthma, you'll need to take an active role in keeping your child's asthma under control.
Asthmakids.ca has been designed with both parents and children in mind. It provides a great deal of information about asthma, its causes and effects, its medications and management, all in a kid-friendly tone, and also provides parent call-outs which offer you valuable tips and information about children and asthma. It will teach you and your child what to do when his or her asthma gets out of control, and stresses the need for keeping it under control.
It is important that you take the time and explore this site with your child. If your child cannot yet read, explore the site while you read aloud; if your child can read, join him or her and share the information together.
It is our hope that the information in this site will help you and your child to:
The Paediatric Asthma in Canada Survey
According to the Paediatric Asthma in Canada survey, Canadian parents of children with asthma may be lacking a sense of urgency and concern about the severity and management of their child's disease, resulting in potential health risks to their children. The findings show that greater education about the importance of asthma management is needed.
Click here to review key findings from the Paediatric Asthma in Canada survey!
Here are a few other resources that you might want to know about:
- The Asthma Society Update: This is a monthly online newsletter from the Asthma Society of Canada that you can have sent right to your E-mail account and will keep you up-to-date on asthma, its treatments and the realities of living with it. Click here to register.
- The Action Plan: Asthma.ca provides a template that allows you to create a customized action plan describing what to do when your child's asthma gets worse. Print it out and give a copy to your child's teacher, babysitter, and anyone else who has regular contact with your child.
- Toll Free Asthma Support Line: Staffed by a certified asthma educator, Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00 EST. Call 1-866-787-4050
- The Asthma Society of Canada: 4950 Yonge Street, Suite 2306, Toronto, ON, M2N 6K1
Phone: (416) 787-4050 Fax: (416) 787-5807
- AboutKidsHealth: This site is an online information resource about many health conditions, designed for parents and children, and developed by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).