For Kids: Asthma Action Plan
If you have asthma, you know how it feels to have a flare-up. It’s hard to breathe. Your chest may feel tight. You may feel tired and not want to play. How you feel tells you what “asthma zone” you’re in. Know how to tell whether you are in the green, yellow, or red zone. And know what to do for each zone.
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When I’m in my green zone, I feel _______. I still have to use my_______ inhaler. I also have to watch out for _________. When I’m in my yellow zone, I’m starting to have a __________. I might wheeze or have other __________. Then I have to use my __________ inhaler. When I’m in my red zone breathing is very ___________. I need to get ___________ right away.
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Green Zone: Safe
When your breathing is OK, you’re in the green zone. You feel good. Asthma doesn’t get in your way. Keep using your controller inhaler. And watch for triggers (things that can make your asthma worse).
Yellow Zone: Warning
You’re starting to have a flare-up. Ask an adult for help. Use your quick-relief inhaler. Yellow zone symptoms may be:
Red Zone: Danger
You’re having a flare-up! Tell your parents or another adult right away. Use your quick-relief inhaler.
Red zone symptoms may be:
Constant coughing or wheezing
Symptoms that keep you from sleeping
Trouble breathing at rest
Breathing very hard or fast
October 03, 2017
Medical Therapy for Asthma: Updates from the NAEPP Guidelines. Elward KS. American Family Physician. 2010;82(10):1242-51.
Brown, Kim, APRN,Little, Frederic, MD