Managing Your Child's Asthma—Plus What to Do in an Emergency

After the news that a Broadway actress died from an asthma attack at the age of 13, it’s time for a refresher on how to keep your child with asthma safe.

Young girl using asthma inhaler.
    • Asthma and Children Fact Sheet From the American Lung Association: Asthma and Children Fact Sheet. (2019). American Lung Association

    • Treating Asthma in Kids Ages 12 and Up, From the Mayo Clinic: Treating asthma in children ages 12 and older. (2016). Mayo Clinic.

    • Treating Asthma in Kids Ages 5-11, From the Mayo Clinic: Treating asthma in children ages 5 to 11. (2017). Mayo Clinic.

    • Emergency Care During an Asthma Attack From Seattle Children's: Asthma Attack. (2019). Seattle Children's.

    • NY Times article about Laurel Griggs: "Laurel Griggs, Broadway Actress, Dies at 13 After Asthma Attack." 2019. New York Times.

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