The Most Chronic Childhood Disease

BY ON May 20, 2013

Cartoon depicting three children coughing hacking and wheezing. Tagline reads "not-so-silent spring"

Asthma is the most chronic childhood disease.

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC):

  • Over 7.1 million U.S. children under age 18 (14%) have ever been diagnosed with asthma; 7.0 million children still have asthma (10%).
  • Boys (15%) were more likely than girls (13%) to have ever been diagnosed with asthma.
  • Non-Hispanic black children were more likely to have ever been diagnosed with asthma (21%) and to still have asthma (16%) than Hispanic (15% and 10%) or non-Hispanic white (12% and 8%) children.
  • Children in poor families were more likely to have ever been diagnosed with asthma (18%) or to still have asthma (13%) than children in families that were not poor (12% and 8%).
  • Children in fair or poor health (42%) were three and one-half times as likely to have ever been diagnosed with asthma and almost five times as likely to still have asthma (38%) as children in excellent or very good health (12% and 8%).

2 things you can do right now to help our children breathe easier:

  1. Learn as much as you can about asthma. READ and SHARE our free e-book, ASTHMA TRIGGERS: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, Doctors and Nurses.
  2. The EPA recently proposed a very important clean air regulation, the Tier 3 Standards. This standard will reduce levels of dangerous traffic pollution across the nation and lessen the pollutants our kids breathe. SIGN THIS to support new fuel and emissions standards.

We support our children in so many loving ways, let’s do all we can to protect them from filthy air pollution by supporting strong clean air regulations.

JOIN MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE

TOPICS: African-American Community, Asthma, Latino Community