Asthma Statistics of Children

The Cost of Treating Asthma
  • The average annual cost of care for one child with asthma in 2009 was $1,039.
Asthma Facts
  • Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children. Others include diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and obesity.
  • Asthma represents the second most prevalent childhood condition, the first being obesity.
  • 3 in 5 people with asthma limit their physical activity.
  • In 2010, 3 out of 5 children who have asthma had one or more asthma attacks the previous year.
  • Children are more at risk for developing asthma than adults.
  • More than 50% of all childhood asthma is allergy-related.
  • Asthma affects 235 million people around the world.
Back to School
  • Nearly 1 in 2 children miss at least 1 day of school each year due to their asthma.
  • Each missed school day costs $172. That's the average parent's day of pay.
  • Children with severe asthma have to repeat a grade almost three times more often than children with mild asthma.
Estimated # of Children with Asthma
  • 1 in 10 children have asthma.
  • 10.1 million children 18 and under have been diagnosed with asthma.
Hospital Visits
  • 1 in 5 children with asthma went to the emergency room for care in 2009.
  • 85% of patients can bring their asthma under control with education and supervision. 15% can not.
  • Children are less likely to die from asthma compared to adults.
  • 1 in 5 children with asthma went to the ER for asthma care in 2009.
Location, Location, Location
  • Children aged 0-18 years from the Midwest and South have a higher current asthma prevalence than those from other regions.
  • According to 2010 data, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico had the highest child lifetime asthma prevalence rate out of 38 states and 1 territory.
  • 10 million children have been diagnosed with asthma. Equal to the population or Georgia or Washington.
Asthma Rates Among Ethnicities
  • African American: 16%
  • White: 8%
  • Hispanic: 8%
Metered Dose Inhalers
  • Only 8.1% of children know how to use a metered dose inhaler.
  • Use of a spacer increases drug delivery from inhaler by 4-6 fold.

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