Dr. Wendy Osefo with daughter in hospital; Wendy Osefo and daughter outside; Wendy Osefo and family celebrating birthday party

Asthma Awareness Month 2022 with Dr. Wendy Osefo

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and NEEF has teamed up with Dr. Wendy Osefo to raise awareness for pediatric asthma. As the mother of a child with asthma, Dr. Osefo knows firsthand how undiagnosed asthma can turn into a traumatic health emergency. Hear her story on Instagram (embedded at right).

With an estimated six million children in the US fighting asthma, it's likely that you or someone you know has been affected. Undiagnosed asthma is a serious issue and environmental triggers of asthma are all around us. 

NEEF's pediatric asthma initiative provides free tools and training to help pediatricians and nurses identify and manage environmental asthma triggers and help keep children out of the emergency room.

During the month of May, Dr. Osefo is fundraising to support NEEF and help get these vital resources into the hands of pediatricians and child health providers around the country. By donating to NEEF, we can help prevent this from happening to someone you love! 

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6 million children in the US are fighting asthma, school nurses can be the first ones to recognize symptoms, 1 school nurse can provide health care for up to 1,000 students. NEEF has trained 1,115 school nurses.

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FREE RESOURCES FOR PEDIATRIC ASTHMA
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Get to know the most common indoor asthma triggers

Environmental triggers of asthma are all around us. If you suspect asthma could be the cause of a child's respiratory symptoms, look out for these 5 common indoor asthma triggers in your home.

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Measure a child's environmental exposures with our form

It is very important to ask about all environments in which a child with asthma may be spending significant amounts of time and how that might contribute to asthma symptoms. Available in English and Spanish, this form is intended to identify what could be causing asthma attacks. 

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Find and manage environmental triggers at home

Pets, mold, smoke, and dust are just some things around the house that can exacerbate asthma. These guidelines help parents control environmental triggers at home.

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Learn 6 strategies to E-X-H-A-L-E from the CDC

EXHALE is a set of six strategies developed by the Centers for Disease Control that each contributes to better asthma control for both children and adults with asthma.

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Take our online course: Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma

For both professionals and parents, this accredited eLearning program was developed to help pediatric healthcare providers and clinicians manage environmental asthma triggers and intervention strategies. 

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Watch the Children's Environmental Health Series on climate and health
The 2021 Children’s Environmental Health Series focused on the impact of environmental factors on children’s health and well-being. This session focuses on the intersections of climate change and the adverse impact on health for children with respiratory diseases such as asthma.
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