Widening our view about asthma

Did you know that asthma is the most common long-term medical condition affecting children and young people? 1 in 11 are affected by the condition, which is around 3 in every London classroom.

Many have badly managed asthma, with over 20,000 admitted to hospital every year in England. Over 4% of these have such a severe episode that they are admitted to intensive care.

That’s why we want you to #AskAboutAsthma.

#AskAboutAsthma is an annual campaign led by NHS England – London Babies, Children and Young People’s Transformation team. We want to help children and young people with asthma, and their families and carers, to understand how to manage their condition so they can live full lives, without missing out. By raising awareness, we can help even more children and young people to ask about asthma and get the right care.

This year’s #AskAboutAsthma campaign week took place during 11-17 September 2023.

Visit the #AskAboutAsthma campaign page to download a toolkit to help you spread the word about these four steps that can help manage asthma.

Resources and asthma information

If you have asthma, or you are the parent of a child or young person with asthma, speak to your GP, GP practice nurse, or local pharmacist to discuss getting an asthma management plan in place.

Find links to information about asthma and how to manage it below. You can also download and share this poster about the common signs and symptoms of asthma.

Asthma resources for young people

  • What is asthma?– 1-minute video explaining the condition and how to manage it

Asthma resources for children

Asthma resources schools, parents and carers

The four asks

There are four simple steps (or asks) which can help children and young people to manage their asthma:

1. Get an asthma action plan in place

A written asthma action plan drawn up between a healthcare professional and patient means you are four times less likely to have to go to hospital for your asthma.

2. Understand how to use inhalers correctly

Less than three-quarters of children and young people know how to use their inhaler. Poor inhaler technique means patients don’t get the full benefit of their asthma medication.

3. Schedule an asthma review – every year and after every attack

An asthma review by an appropriately trained clinician after every attack helps to work out what went wrong so you can adjust your asthma management plan as needed.

4. Consider air pollution and its impact on lung health

Indoor and outdoor air pollution can trigger your asthma. Thinking about air pollution as part of your asthma management can help reduce the risk of asthma attacks.

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