Your red, yellow, and green asthma action plan

Treatment of your child's asthma is based on his or her asthma symptoms. Read our asthma information pages to further understand about your child’s condition.

The Green Zone means your child has no cough, wheeze, chest tightness or shortness of breath during the day or night. Your child should also be able to do usual activities.

 What your child should do:

  •  Continue daily preventive medications as prescribed:
  • Your inhaled steroid with spacer/chamber:
    • ____________ puffs a day.
  • Your by-mouth anti-inflammatory tablet:
    • _____________ once a day.
  • Your inhaled anti-inflammatory with spacer/chamber:
    •  __________puffs________ a day.
  • You don't need to use your albuterol today.

 If today's peak flow is between _________________and____________________, you're in the yellow zone. (60-80% of personal best.)

Watch out. You may be coming down with a cold virus or might have been around something that triggered your asthma. Today's plan is:

  • Use your albuterol today. At first, use 2 puffs and repeat 2 more puffs in 30 minutes. If you are feeling short of breath or coughing a lot, or if your peak flow doesn't improve to your green zone, you can continue use the albuterol as often as every 4-6 hours. If you need the albuterol more than every four hours to get relief, call us immediately and go to the red zone plan.
  • Continue your daily preventive medications as prescribed, the same as in the green zone.
  • If this is the third day in a row (or more) you've been in the yellow zone, call us at the office.

Depending on the circumstances, we might like to see you in the office, or give you additional instructions for home care.

If today's peak flow is below ___________________, you're in the red zone. (< 60% of personal best.) This is an asthma attack.