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Follow your Asthma Action Plan

All children with asthma should have an asthma action plan(hyperlink to asthma action plan English/Spanish for CCH). An asthma action plan is an individually designed written plan that is developed with your doctor to help control your child's asthma. The goal of an asthma action plan is to reduce or prevent flare-ups and emergency department visits through day-to-day management.

The asthma action plan shows daily treatment, such as what kind of medicines to take and when to take them. Your child's plan describes how to control asthma long term AND how to handle worsening asthma, or attacks. The plan explains when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room.

If your child has asthma, all of the people who care for him or her should know about the child's asthma action plan. These caregivers include babysitters and workers at daycare centers, schools, coaches and relatives. These caretakers can help your child follow his or her action plan.

In the ZONE

Green Zone: Your child feels good! Asthma is Under Control!

  • No signs of asthma
  • Breathing is good
  • No cough or wheeze
  • Child can play
  • Sleeps all night
  • Able to do usual activities
  • Sleeps all night
  • Peak Flow 80-100% of personal best


  • Watch for early signs of asthma.
  • Take control medications every day as directed to keep asthma under control.
  • Use Quick Relief Medication before exercise or exposure to a known trigger.

Yellow Zone: Caution! Your child is not feeling well.

Child has any of these:

  • Cough
  • Wheeze
  • Tight Chest
  • Waking Up at Night
  • Can do some, but not all, usual activities
  • Peak Flow 50-80% of personal best


  • Follow your Action Plan and take your Quick Relief Medication. Call your doctor if quick relief doesn't work.
  • Continue taking every day Control Medications.

Red Zone: Medical Alert! Your child is having late signs of asthma and requires emergency treatment.

Child has any of these:

  • Breathing hard and fast
  • Quick Relief Medications have not helped
  • Cannot walk or play
  • Cannot talk easily
  • Retractions
  • Peak flow less than 50% of personal best


  • Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room
  • Follow your Action Plan and continue taking Quick Relief Medication
  • Contact your doctor or nurse immediately
  • If skin color changes or your child's lips turn blue, seek immediate medical attention, CALL 9-1-1

Zone Calendar

Hey Kids – use this calendar to keep track of your daily zones. Use a green, yellow or red marker to make an "X" for each day. Take this to show your doctor during check-ups!

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