There are six steps that can help control asthma:
- Use inhaled corticosteroids if your child has persistent asthma (for example, symptoms more than 2 days a week). Your health provider will help you choose the best treatment for your child's asthma.
- Use a written action plan to tell your child and your child's caregivers two things: 1) what to do daily to control your asthma, and 2) how to handle symptoms or asthma attacks and when to get medical attention
- Work with your doctor to assess asthma severity during the first visit to determine what treatment is needed to get your child's asthma under control
- Assess and monitor how well your child's asthma is controlled at all follow-up visits. The doctor may need to increase your child's medicine to keep his or her asthma under control, or may be able to decrease his or her medicine.
- Schedule follow-up visits ("asthma check-ups") with your child's doctor at regular times, at least every 6 months.
- Work with your healthcare provider to identify allergens or irritants that make your child's asthma worse, and learn how to avoid them. If needed, use a treatment plan that helps your child participate actively in physical activities and exercise.