Centre for Community Child Health

Asthma—families of 0-5 year old children

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    Most children who have been diagnosed with asthma can still take part in all the usual activities of an active childhood. An asthma management plan, which is regularly reviewed and communicated to everyone who cares for your child, is an important part of a healthy, active childhood with asthma.

    Common triggers for asthma include:

    • A genetic predisposition to asthma. If you, your partner or other children in your family have asthma and/or eczema, hay fever and other allergies, then there’s a chance that your child will be genetically predisposed to asthma.
    • A viral upper respiratory tract infection is another trigger. Upper respiratory tract infections are very common in childhood; your child could have between six and eight such infections every year.
    • Most children who have asthma will experience symptoms when they exercise.
    • Passive exposure to cigarette smoke can be a major problem. Cigarette smoke stays in the smoker’s hair, skin and clothing, in car upholstery, and in furniture in the home. Even without being exposed to someone actively smoking, this can trigger an asthma attack.

    Learn more

    The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne has lots of great asthma resources, including an asthma management plan generator to share with all those involved in the child’s care.

    The Raising Children Network has a comprehensive series of evidence-based articles on asthma.

    There are two national bodies for asthma, National Asthma Council, and Asthma Australia. Both offer a wealth of online information for children and adults.

      Also in this edition:

       Early childhood educators
       Early primary teachers

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