#Ask About Asthma 2023

#AskAboutAsthma is an annual campaign led by NHS England – London Babies, Children and Young People’s Transformation team. The aim is to help children and young people with asthma, and their families and carers, understand how to manage their condition so they can live full lives, without missing out. By raising awareness, we can help even more children and young people to ask about asthma and get the right care.

This year’s #AskAboutAsthma campaign week takes place from 11-17 September 2023.

There are four simple steps (or asks) which can help children and young people to manage their asthma:

1. Get an asthma action plan in place

written asthma action plan drawn up between a healthcare professional and patient means you are four times less likely to have to go to hospital for your asthma.

2. Understand how to use inhalers correctly

Less than three-quarters of children and young people know how to use their inhaler. Poor inhaler technique means patients don’t get the full benefit of their asthma medication.

3. Schedule an asthma review – every year and after every attack

An asthma review by an appropriately trained clinician after every attack helps to work out what went wrong so you can adjust your asthma management plan as needed.

4. Consider air pollution and its impact on lung health

Indoor and outdoor air pollution can trigger your asthma. Thinking about air pollution as part of your asthma management can help reduce the risk of asthma attacks.


Resources and asthma information for young people & parents

If you have asthma, or you are the parent of a child or young person with asthma, speak to your GP or GP practice nurse to discuss getting an asthma management plan in place.

Beat Asthma resources for young people

Moving on Asthma A resource for young people living with asthma aimed at helping them to develop essential self-management skills and learn to access healthcare independently one video at a time. From what is asthma to ordering prescriptions.

Itchy Sneezy Wheezy Helping younger children understand asthma.

Asthma care for children & young people A link to a series of short films about asthma care for children & young people.


2022 campaign week highlights


Taking control of my own asthma management by Olivia Fulton, expert by experience

How a Digital Health Passport can support your asthma management by Greg Burch, Tiny Medical Apps

Podcast: How London is addressing air pollution to help children & young people with asthma with Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for environment and energy in London, and Dr Gary Fuller, Air Pollution Scientist at Imperial College London

Missed asthma reviews and appointments – how to ensure families don’t slip through the net by Cloe Smith, children’s community asthma nurse in Newham

Moving on asthma – helping teens to transition to adult services with Nicki Barker and Moira Gibbons. Moving on Asthma is a resource for young people living with asthma, developed by the Respiratory Research Team at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.


What is asthma and how can young people manage it?
By Robert Adoo Kissi-Debrah, young person and supporter

Five tips on reducing exposure to indoor allergens
By Catherine Sutton, parent and founder of Airborne Allergy Action

Do you know when your inhaler is empty? By Prasad Nagakumar, Paediatric Respiratory Consultant, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Ask the experts webinar recording – watch here

 Digital Health Passports – how they can help manage asthma by Dr Greg Burch

 Vaping – not safe, not harmless – by Dr Seb Gray

Why we need to consider a child or young person’s environment as part of their asthma management  by Aishah Farooq, NHS England Youth Forum member and patient public voice partner

Webinar recording

Ask the experts – watch here where a panel answered your questions about childhood asthma and how to get the four asks in place.