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Asthma

About Asthma

Asthma is a problem where airways get swollen and become tight.  This causes symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath or coughing.   For more information on asthma and how it is treated , see this information sheet.

Asthma video

This video was created at BC Children's Hospital for families who have children with asthma. It  provides information on what asthma is, what asthma medications do and how to recognise and prevent asthma symptoms.

Video Childhood Asthma: A Guideline for Families and Caregivers (May 2019) 

Asthma Action Plans for Children

Asthma action plans are a personalized asthma plan for you or your child.  They tell you what medications you should be taking and how often.  They also tell you what symptoms to watch out for and when you should get help from your primary care practitioner and when to go to the emergency room.  These action plans also have information on how to use the different types of asthma inhaler devices.

Fillable PDFs with dropdown menus
English (1-5yo) 
English (6-18yo)

Punjabi (1-5yo)
Punjabi (6-18yo)

Simplified Chinese (1-5yo)
Simplified Chinese (6-18yo)

Printable PDFs
English (1-5yo) 
English (6-18yo)

Punjabi (1-5yo)
Punjabi (6-18yo)

Simplified Chinese (1-5yo)
Simplified Chinese (6-18yo)

Asthma Symptom and Medication Diary

This diary helps you keep track of you or your child's asthma symptoms and medications.  It is useful to bring these diaries to your asthma provider to review how things have been going in between appointments.

My Asthma Diary (English)
My Asthma Diary (Simplified Chinese)

Asthma triggers

The most common trigger for asthma attacks are viruses.  However some people are allergic to things in the environment that worsen asthma symptoms.  This handout provides detailed information on these allergic triggers and how to avoid them.

Staying Away from Allergic Triggers

Second or third hand smoke exposure worsens asthma symptoms, increases the risk for asthma attacks and makes asthma medication less effective.  The province of BC has a free quit smoking program.  Find out more information at QuitNow.ca.

Asthma Devices and Medication

These handouts provide detailed information on the different types of asthma medication and devices.  An overview of how to use the devices are also available on the reverse side of the action plans.

Medication

Devices


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