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When asthma is effectively monitored and managed, children can participate in the activities they enjoy and do all the things other kids their age are doing.
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.
Julian Allen, MD: The goal of treating someone with asthma is to have them have a normal lifestyle. That means they ought to be able to participate in any sports they want to partake in, and they ought to be feeling well all the time.
Child 1: Now that I take my medication regularly, I can ride bikes as well and as long as my friends can.
Julian Allen, MD: There should be no missed days from school or very few missed days from school. So it's something that really is under the control of the child and his or her parents.
Nicholas Pawlowski, MD: Any child who has asthma and whose family follows a proper management plan can live a completely normal lifestyle. They can be an Olympic athlete. They can do anything they really want to.
Dad: He used to just stand at patio door and look out, and he used to cry watching the other kids play. And right after that, right after he met Dr. Pawlowski, he signed up for soccer the following year. Never played soccer before in his life. Didn't know what he was doing, just running around out there having a good time. He was the MVP of the soccer league that year, you know.
Mom 1: We have less visits to the hospital. I have less callouts in my job.
Dad: And every time I see him I just smile because I think it's a blessing that he's here with us now, to be honest.