Asthma is a common, chronic respiratory (lung) disease that affects at least 15-20% of children. There is no cure for asthma but it can be controlled by proper treatment including avoiding triggers and proper use of asthma medication. Symptoms include cough, worse at night and during exercise; shortness of breath; chest tightness; and wheeze.

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Book List

These resources are available to borrow in the Family Library. You can also check with your local library to see if they are available.

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  • Allergies and Asthma : What Every Parent Needs to Know

    Michael J. Welch (2011)

    This guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics teaches parents about asthma and how allergies are related.

  • 100 Questions and Answers about Asthma

    Claudia S. Plottel (2011)

    Set up as a series of questions and answers, this book provides a lot of information about asthma.

  • Can I Tell You About Asthma?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

    Lesley Mills (2013)

    This book written for elementary students introduces readers to Alfie, a young boy with asthma. He provides his perspective of living with this chronic disease.

  • Taking Asthma to School

    Kim Gosselin (1998)

    Justin, a boy with asthma, explains his condition, how to control asthma, and what to do during an attack in this book written for children.

  • Abby's Asthma and the Big Race

    Theresa Martin Golding (2009)

    Abby isn't going to let her asthma prevent her from running in the big race - or even from winning. She and her doctor discuss a plan to make sure she can cross the finish line.

  • I Have Asthma

    Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (2007)

    A young boy has his first asthma attack during soccer practice. He learns about how to control his asthma and that he will still be able to play soccer with his friends without being teased.

  • The Great Katie Kate Offers Answers About Asthma

    M. Maitland DeLand (2014)

    The Great Katie Kate swoops in to the allergist office and takes three patients on an exciting journey to help them understand asthma.

  • Contributors

    Thank you to our friends from the Asthma Clinic at the Alberta Children's Hospital.

    Current as of: Feb 15, 2023

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