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Children with asthma share the symptoms that keep them from enjoying the things they love to do. Their parents talk about what it is like for them, to see their kids go through the struggle and how it affects their own lives.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects millions of children nationwide. Yet with proper management and avoidance of the triggers that cause flare-ups, it doesn't have to rule your child's life.
Child 1: I was 8 years old when I noticed I couldn't jump rope, run, like my friends.
Child 2: I've been coughing, been wheezy. I sneeze a lot.
Mom 1: She had this continuous hacking cough. It was scary. She couldn't catch her breath.
Mom 2: He got so sick at one point he ended up being brought to Children's Hospital by ambulance.
Mom 1: So I put her in the car to take her to the hospital, and she kept saying, "Mom, we're not going to make it."
Dad: The way he was I was saying, "Man, he's not going to be able to have a, you know, just go to school.
Mom 2: Because after I had Avery, my intent was to go back to work, and I never went back to work. I had to end up staying home because he was sick so often.
Mom 1: And they diagnosed her with asthma.
Dad: We just wanted him to be a normal kid.
Narrator: Asthma--it's a common problem, one that affects millions of children nationwide and causes many emergency visits and hospital admissions every year. But asthma doesn't have to rule your child's life. By consistently following some simple steps, you can do a great deal to reduce daily symptoms and help your child control their asthma. In the next few minutes, you will hear from physicians who work with families every day helping them learn to best ways to control their children's asthma. You'll also hear from parents and children who will describe how they have successfully brought asthma under control. We'll cover the answers to common questions that many families have including, "What is asthma?" "How can asthma be controlled?" "What are the benefits of asthma control?"