Children with asthma in the United States are experiencing fewer asthma attacks requiring missed school days and hospital visits, according to a new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asthma is the most common chronic lung disease in children, affecting around 6 million young people.
From 2001 to 2016, the percentage of kids who experienced at least one of these asthma attacks in the preceding 12 months fell from about 62 percent to approximately 54 percent – still more than half of all children with asthma.
According to the CDC report, severe asthma attack risk is higher in some children than others. The highest risk occurs in kids 4 and under. Those at higher-than-average risk include boys, school-aged children (5 to 17), non-Hispanic black children, children of Puerto Rican descent, and children from low-income families. More children with asthma and their families are using asthma action plans and being taught how to recognize the warning signs of an asthma attack and how to respond quickly. Each year, however, about 1 in 6 children with asthma ends up in the hospital emergency department and 1 in 20 is hospitalized.