This test will provide a score that might help a doctor determine if your child's asthma treatment plan is working or if it might be time for a change.
Step 1. Child answers. Let your child answer the first four questions (1 to 4). If your child needs help reading or understanding the question, you may help, but let your child select the response. There are no right or wrong answers.
1. How is your asthma today?
2. How much of a problem is your asthma when you run, exercise or play sports?
3. Do you have a cough because of your asthma?
4. Do you wake up during the night because of your asthma?
Step 2. Parents answer. Parents, complete the remaining question (5 to 7) on your own without letting your child's response influence your answers.
5. During the last 4 weeks, how many days did your child have any daytime asthma symptoms? (ex: cough, chest tightness)
6. During the last 4 weeks, how many did your child wheeze during the day because of asthma?
7. During the last 4 weeks, how many days did your child wake up during the night because of asthma?
Step 3. Write the number of each answer in the score box to the right.
Step 4. Add up each score box for the total score.
Step 5. Talk to your doctor about your child's total score.
If your child' score is 19 or less, it may be a sign that your child's asthma is not controlled as well as it could be. Talk to your child's doctor about the results.
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