Puffin - children's asthma

What is Puffin?

Puffin is our area for children's asthma education and contains videos and information to help support you to look after your asthma.

Effective asthma care can be achieved through working closely with your asthma healthcare team – they are there to support you in looking after your asthma. The most important person in the team is you – because the decisions made will affect you. Taking responsibility for your asthma will enable you to manage your condition more effectively. Ask questions and request more information if you need to.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a condition that affects your airways – these are the small tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. When you have asthma, these tubes get red and sore inside.

Asthma is linked to eczema, hay fever and food allergies, so if you or your parents have one of these you are more likely to have asthma. You can’t catch asthma and there isn’t a test we can do to tell if you have it. We agree if you have asthma by listening to what you tell us about what is happening to you when you cough or find it hard to breathe. You may be asked to keep a record or diary of how you feel each day.

What is an asthma attack?

When you have an asthma attack the inside of the tubes swell up more and the muscles around the tubes tighten up and squeeze them. Sometimes mucus builds up in the tubes and gets in the way of the air trying to get in and out of the lungs as well.

All of this makes it much more difficult to breathe and you will cough and wheeze a lot, and your chest may feel tight or hurt.