Children with asthma often struggle just to take a breath, or wind up in the emergency room gasping for air. This can be especially frightening for families with no health insurance or other barriers to care such as language or lack of transportation.
Of the approximately 25 million people in the U.S. with asthma, seven million are children (National Center for Health Statistics)(National Asthma Control Initiative) . Asthma is a chronic disease that disproportionately impacts ethnic and racial minorities. Compared with the overall population, African American and Puerto Rican children are more likely to have asthma, poorer outcomes, and higher rates of emergency room visits, hospitalization, and death from asthma. One in every four Latino families in the U.S. has at least one child with asthma.
The good news is that, although there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled.
Watch (and share) "Respirar es vida" ("Breath of Life") -- a bilingual asthma control education video developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute -- for tips and information about asthma triggers, treatment, and teamwork. You'll watch the story of Jose and his parents, and learn how Jose's parents build up their asthma team; Jose, his parents, a doctor and a nurse, a promotora, a teacher, a school nurse, and a coach join forces to help Jose control his asthma. The video is in Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles.
National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.) II. Series: Vital & health statistics. Series 3, Analytical and epidemiological studies ; no. 35. III. Series: HHS publication No. (PHS) 2013–1419
National Asthma Control Intiative (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). Accessed August 28, 2013. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/naci/