Asthma is a condition of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe. It’s a common health problem that affects up to 1 in 10 children.
Although there is currently no cure for asthma, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives if their condition is well managed. Up to 80% of child and adolescent deaths from asthma are preventable with appropriate asthma management and education.
The Children’s Asthma Education Service (CAES) provides children, young people and their families with initial and continuing support to manage their asthma. This includes helping:
- children, young people and families understand asthma, asthma first aid, how asthma medications work and when to use them
- families manage wheezing in the first years of life
- primary school aged children with symptom recognition and increasing independence
- teenagers self-manage support and device options.
This service is a free service for people up to 18 years old.