Asthma is an allergic reaction. Your child may be allergic to one or more things, eg dust mites, pollens, animal fur.

Children may be short of breath or become short of breath when they are running. It is difficult for them to breathe because asthma makes the airways narrow.

Smoking around your child will make them worse. It is better if no one smokes around your child inside, outside or in the car. If you cut down how much you smoke this will also help. If you are concerned that your child has asthma talk to your doctor. There are very effective ways to control it.

If your child is having difficulty breathing, get help from a doctor, hospital or ambulance immediately.

More information

Asthma Foundation of New Zealand

Breathe Easy dedicated to helping people with asthma and their families


For help and advice call PlunketLine 0800 933 922, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If your child is sick please call Healthline, 0800 611 116, New Zealand's 24-hour telephone health advice service. All calls are answered by registered nurses.
In an emergency phone 111.



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