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For Kids: Help Others Understand Asthma

People who don’t have asthma may not know how it makes you feel. Help them learn more about asthma. If you don't know what to say, ask your parents or your healthcare provider for help. Here's an example of what you can say to your family, friends, teachers, and other adults: "When my asthma flares, I feel like I can't get the air into my lungs no matter how hard I breathe."

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.

Your asthma team

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

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