Know the triggers. An allergy test can pinpoint the culprit, then you can try to eliminate the dust mites, cat dander or mildew that is causing asthma.
Stop smoking. Secondhand smoke aggravates asthma. Eliminate indoor cooking smoke.
Keep your child active. The keys to safe exercise: medication and warm-ups before exercise.
Work with your child's doctor and teachers. Involve older children in treatment.
Know your child's asthma cues. Each child's symptoms and treatment differ, so watch for the subtle signs.
Have and know how to use a peak flow meter; know your child's red, green and yellow zones.
Teach children how to relax and catch their breath when necessary.
Know when and where to seek medical aid for an attack.
Stay positive. Let your child join in normal activities.