What is Asthma? – for Kids with Asthma

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , /

>>IGGY: Hi there! My name is Iggy the Inhaler. I heard that you may have asthma. Inhalers like me help kids with asthma feel
just as good as all the other kids! What’s Asthma? Have you ever had trouble breathing, a lot
of coughing or wheezing? Those are all signs of Asthma! And Asthma is a problem of the lungs. Here let’s take a look at healthy lungs Do you see how easy it is to breathe? (sound of breathing) Let’s take a closer look! Look at the small airways in the lung! Do you see how wide open they are? Look at how easily the air flows through the
airways! When lungs are working well air passes through
them easily and you can breathe comfortably. But look at the airways in somebody with asthma: Do you see how the muscle bands are tightening
around the airways? And look how swollen the area around his airway
is! Another word for swelling is inflammation! Yuck! And there’s mucous plugging up the
airway too! When you’re airways are narrow like this,
kids have a hard time breathing! And that’s why they cough and wheeze! What can we do to help kids with Asthma? (Broncho theme music)>>BRONCHO: A lot of things, Iggy!>>IGGY: Broncho! I’m glad you could make
it!>>BRONCHO: No problem, partner. Howdy, folks. My name’s Broncho and I’m
a Bronchodilator. That means I’m a RESCUE inhaler.>>IGGY: So what do rescue inhalers like you
do, Broncho? These airways could use your help!>>BRONCHO: Heh heh, I’m glad you asked,
good buddy! Wow, you weren’t kidding, Iggy! Look at how tight these muscles are! Bronchodilators like me can relax these muscles.
Just watch!! Come on. Come on, little doggie. Yeeehaw!! We did it Iggy, these muscle bands
aren’t tight anymore!>>IGGY: And look, the airway a little more
open now! Thanks, Broncho!>>BRONCHO: No problem, partner. But remember,
Bronchodilators are quick relievers! I’m only temporary and only last a short time!>>IGGY: Good point, Broncho. The muscles
aren’t tight now, but there’s still a lot of swelling! I think we may need a Controller.>>COLTRON: Did someone say Controller?!? Have no fear, Coltron the Controller is here!!>>IGGY: Hey there, Coltron!>>BRONCHO: Good to see you, pal.>>COLTRON: So what’s the situation, friends?>>BRONCHO: I loosened the muscle bands to
give quick relief.>>IGGY: But there’s still swelling, or
inflammation, there.>>COLTRON: Well Coltron the Controller is
the name, and putting out inflammation is my game! Inhalers like Broncho are rescue medications,
they can help kids stop wheezing and breathe easier!>>BRONCHO: But Rescue inhalers like me only
last a few hours!>>COLTRON: That’s right, and long as there
is swelling and inflammation, the airways are going to get narrow again! Good thing I can put out the fire!>>IGGY: But you don’t work as fast as Broncho,
right?>>COLTRON: That’s right! I work slowly,
but when I fix things, it’s more long-lasting! But it takes time, and I only work if used
every day!>>IGGY: Look, in the end the airway is open!>>COLTRON: And the inflammation and swelling
are under control. Thanks to a controller like me>>IGGY: And with the airways clear a kid
with asthma won’t need to be rescued by Broncho as often.>>BRONCHO: Bullseye! And the less you need
me, the better your asthma is under control!

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