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What is an Asthma Action Plan?

Keren Chansky Suberri, Ph.D., ABPP
An Asthma Action Plan is a written worksheet that your child's doctor will create with you and your child to help manage your child's asthma.

The Asthma Action Plan shows what kind of medicines your child should take and when to take them.

The Asthma Action Plan describes how you can help your child manage her asthma over the long term, as well as,
when to call the doctor and when to go to the Emergency Room.

he Asthma Action Plan defines Green, Yellow and Red Zones for the child 
based on Peak Flow Meter readings and the child's reported and observed symptoms and behavior.

The Asthma Action Plan specifies the appropriate treatment for your child for each 'zone'.
Similar to a traffic light, Green Zones means “Go” and indicates that the child’s functioning is minimally affected by her asthma.
Yellow Zones indicate the need for close monitoring of the child and specifies what to do if symptoms don't improve.
Red Zones mean the child needs to get help right away !

Babysitters, DayCare staff, School staff and family members should all be familiar with, and have access to, your child's written Asthma Action Plan.

Below are sample Asthma Action Plans for children:

Sample Asthma Action Plan from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

Sample Asthma Action Plan from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute

Sample Asthma Action Plan for Children Under 5 years old