‘My Asthma’ app aids in child asthma management

In New Zealand, it’s very common for children below the age of 15 years old to be admitted to hospital or after hours for the treatment of asthma. In 2015, over 3,500 children in this age group were admitted to hospital, and some of these will have had a potentially
life-threatening attack.
The way to manage asthma better and avoid preventable
hospitalisations is by having a plan.
“It is important for children with asthma to have an up-to-date Asthma Action Plan to help ensure their condition is well managed.
Well managed asthma reduces the risk of suffering from an asthma attack,” says Letitia O’Dwyer, Chief Executive for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.
‘My Asthma’, a new app developed by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, is a beneficial tool to assist with asthma management in children and adolescents. The app has just been updated with a customisable Child Asthma Action Plan, to be completed with a health professional and saved to a smart device
such as a mobile phone.
The digital Asthma Action Plans can then be accessed at any time through the users’ smart device, and easily shared by email to other contacts such as caregivers, teachers, and sports coaches.
“’My Asthma’ app helps to ensure that Action Plans are available to anyone looking after a child with asthma, so they know what to do if asthma symptoms worsen,” says Ms O’Dwyer.
The free ‘My Asthma’ app was launched on World Asthma Day, 2 May 2017, and is available to download in Google Play or Apple App Store.