What parents need to know about preventing asthma attacks

ATLANTA - Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing, and coughing. Over a lifetime, it can cause permanent lung damage. About 16% of black children and 7% of white children have asthma. While we don’t know what causes asthma, we do know how to prevent asthma attacks or at least make them less severe. Today, children with asthma and their caregivers report fewer attacks, missed school days, and hospital visits. More children with asthma are learning to control their asthma using an asthma action plan.

Key points:

  • 1 in 12. About 6 million children in the US ages 0-17 years have asthma.
  • 50%. Asthma hospitalizations for children declined from 10% in 2003 to about 5% in 2013.
  • 1 in 2. More than half of all children with asthma had 1 or more attacks in 2016.

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