How Do You Teach Your Children About Asthma?

Today, AAFA posted on its blog and the first thing I thought of when I read it is, "I'm so excited because I can share this with my DD!" Although the blog article is geared towards children with asthma, I think it will be a great resource for me to share with DD because it will give her some kid-friendly resources to better understand my recent asthma diagnosis. 

Every time I pick her up from camp, she asks me if we can go to the park. When she sees that I have my mask with me (when I walk in the door, I pull the mask down and wear it around my neck), that clues her in that I can't be outside. Understandably, she is sad, but I think these resources might give her some necessary kid-appropriate information that she can use to understand why it is that I can't be outside (other than I don't breathe well when I'm out in poor air quality). 

In the past, how have you explained your asthma diagnosis to your kiddos?


Comments 5

  • Melissa G

    I haven't had to explain much since all five of us in our family have asthma to varying degrees. All on different inhalers and have different triggers and symptoms. 

  • LK

    Our children are grown and out of the house but I am looking for ways to explain my asthma to our 3-yr-old grandson.  He hears me coughing and asks if I am sick.  I try to explain but don't want him to worry.

  • Melissa G

    Lisa, the link that Brenda shared has some great information in it. Even things for younger children. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Brenda and Lisa … it is hard having to explain new limitations to folks who just want things to be like they used to be!

  • LK

    Thanks, Melissa, just haven't taken the time to go read it yet!   

    Thank you, Cynthia!