Asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition of the airways in the lungs. It is not contagious, but it does tend to run in families. Asthma is the most common chronic childhood illness in the U.S. Affecting about 7 million children nationwide, it is the number one cause of school absenteeism.1
However, with effective preventive medication and self-care techniques such as a written asthma action plan, symptoms can be controlled to let children with asthma lead normal lives. Health care professionals can work together with children and their families to develop an appropriate treatment plan so kids can stay healthy and active and be absent from school less often.
Helpful resources for children with asthma and their families:
Akron Children's Hospital: Pulmonary Medicine
Akron Children's Hospital: Respiratory Center
Tips to Grow By: Asthma
Kids Health: Asthma