The Group of Respiratory Tract (GVR) of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics of Primary Attention (AEPap) participates in the World Asthma Day 2011, which is celebrated today, May 3, organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), as an initiative to raise awareness among the largest number of people of the burden of this disease, and the possibility of having it under control leading a healthy life without limitations.

AEPap participates and supports this initiative that has as its motto this year 2011: "You Can Control Your Asthma” (You can control your asthma), which is the same since 2007, for its positive message that encourages children and families to take control in the care of the disease, with the following objectives:

  • Develop a good cooperation of patients with their doctors.
  • Identify and reduce exposure to risk factors.
  • Assess, treat and monitor asthma.
  • Know how to handle an asthma crisis.

A positive message to patients

The message that AEPap wants to give patients is that "to get control of asthma you should":

  • Have a personalized written treatment for your asthma.
  • Take the medications prescribed by your doctor.
  • Know and avoid the factors that can trigger the asthma crisis.
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of an asthma attack.
  • To know well the recommendations to follow before an asthma crisis.

This year AEPap joins a series of initiatives such as "Study for Asthma in Spanish School Centers (EACEE)", From the Asthma and Education Working Group of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Pulmonology; the first European guide on "Children's Health and the Environment: a lifelong relationship"Of the Roger Torné Foundation; and a series of graphic materials that can be downloaded from the GVR website at

It is necessary to improve the response of the educational community to asthma

The Asthma and Education Working Group of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Pulmonology, has coordinated the "Study for Asthma in Spanish School Centers (EACEE)", Which has shown the shortcomings in the attention of students with asthma, and the need to improve the response of the educational community to asthma, and has developed a decalogue of recommendations to optimize the care of students with asthma in schools, which should be known by society, schools and public administrations.

The Roger Torne Foundation, a non-profit organization, has coordinated the first European guide on "Children's Health and the Environment: a lifelong relationship". The book is divided into two parts; in one, the environmental factors that most influence children's health are detailed, and include recommendations for parents to take care of their children's health, based on more than 150 selected scientific studies. The other part of the book is composed of a series of articles by professionals from different fields, whose opinions provide a transversal vision of the relationship between children's health and the environment.

The GVR, in addition, makes available to schools, health centers and hospitals graphic materials to sensitize the public on the steps to follow to lead a life full of possibilities and free of disease, and remember that "Smoking, both active and passive, is a trigger for asthma in asthmatics and an inducer to generate chronic respiratory disease in children of smokers, both by exposure to tobacco smoke at home and by intrauterine exposure in the pregnant mother , either because of the maternal habit of smoking as of the cohabitants of it ".

Improve the quality of life of the asthmatic child

Asthma education and treatment should be done at all levels, but the primary care Due to its proximity and accessibility, it must be one of the fundamental pillars. The family identifies the pediatrician as the primary responsible for the health of their child, and it is at this level that continuity occurs from the birth of the child until adolescence. The Primary Care pediatrician knows the family, family dynamics and possible psychosocial risk factors.

"Pediatricians have the possibility to diagnose asthma early, indicate appropriate treatment, make periodic reviews and educate the child and the family so that they are able to carry out the control of the disease in the most autonomous way possible, making them jointly responsible for the asthma care, so that they can lead the life they want without limitations of any kind, as if they did not have asthma ", concludes Dr. Manuel Praena Crespo, pediatrician of the La Candelaria Health Center and coordinator of the GVR of AEPap.

"Common Pediatric Respiratory Problems" by Monica Kleinman, MD for OPENPediatrics (November 2019).