The Ask About Asthma campaign, led by NHS England, want to help children and young people with asthma, and their families and carers, to understand how to manage their condition so they can live full lives, without missing out. By raising awareness, we can help even more children and young people to ask about asthma and get the right care.
The campaign takes place this year from 11-17 September 2023.
The four asks:
There are four simple steps (or asks) which can help children and young people to manage their asthma:
- Get an asthma action plan in place
A written asthma action plan drawn up between a healthcare professional and patient means you are four times less likely to have to go to hospital for your asthma.
- Understand how to use inhalers correctly
Less than three-quarters of children and young people know how to use their inhaler. Poor inhaler technique means patients don’t get the full benefit of their asthma medication.
- Schedule an asthma review – every year and after every attack
An asthma review by an appropriately trained clinician after every attack helps to work out what went wrong so you can adjust your asthma management plan as needed.
- Consider air pollution and its impact on lung health
Indoor and outdoor air pollution can trigger your asthma. Thinking about air pollution as part of your asthma management can help reduce the risk of asthma attacks.
Resources and asthma information
If you have asthma, or you are the parent of a child or young person with asthma, speak to your GP or GP practice nurse to discuss getting an asthma management plan in place.
Find links to information about asthma and how to manage it from the #AskAboutAsthma 2022 campaign. You can also download and share this poster about the common signs and symptoms of asthma.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital produced a short YouTube film ‘Managing Asthma in Children’ which provides advice for parents on caring for children with asthma.
NHS Birmingham and Solihull created a 7-Minute Briefing on Childhood Asthma and Neglect for Practitioners.
The briefing note ‘I take care of myself whilst mum is asleep’ focuses on chronic childhood neglect and parental substance misuse, which tragically led to the death of a seven-year-old child following an asthma attack in November 2017.