I have asthma

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One in seven children suffers from asthma. Asthma is not curable but there are good medications. In this children's book, suitable for children aged between eight and twelve, explains about the subject and there is an interview with a girl of twelve with asthma. The text is written by Lonneke Cutter, the drawings were made by Ivan & Ilia

Details of the book

  • Title: I have asthma
  • Text: Lonneke Cutter
  • Drawings: Ivan and Ilia, Maastricht
  • ?? S Photo: Alamy, Roel Guldemond, Karin Ligthart, Linear, Frank Muller, Hans Oostrum, WFA
  • Publisher: Wolters Noordhoff
  • Year: 2008
  • Page ?? s: 20
  • ISBN: 978 90 01 70 728 6
  • Genre: informative book for youth
  • Price: around 8 euro

Lonneke Cutter, writer

Copywriter and author in Arnhem, Lonneke create texts for websites, brochures, leaflets, books and teaching aids. She also is giftedness expert for education and educators. She gives trainings / workshops and advice on the setting of proper policy giftedness in primary schools.

Ivan Capelin and Ilia Frins, illustatorenduo

They are colleagues ?? s as well as boyfriend and girlfriend. Ivan was born in 1968, Ilia in 1971. Both have free study done illustrative design in Sittard. Ilia began after school for themselves and signed manually. Later, she was persuaded by Ivan to go digital signs. From that time on, they are going to work together, they even operate on the same drawings. They make illustrations for books, but also for birth announcements, greeting cards, school books, magazines and toys.

The contents of the book

The book consists of seven chapters:
  • Just breathe: Cisca is at work in the new house where she goes to live with her parents. She rubs the frames but forgets to put on a mask. Now she gets dust in her lungs and dust them breathless. One used in seven children in the Netherlands asthma medications. In many children, the less asthma symptoms when they get older.
  • Healthy lungs and asthmatic lungs: with your lungs get your breath. In the alveoli comes from the oxygen you breathe into your blood. The blood brings the oxygen to all parts of the body. In people with asthma, the airways are irritated very quickly. Dust can irritate the lungs as well as pollen, pet hair, dust mites, cigarette smoke, perfume, moist air. During an asthma attack, the muscles tighten, the mucous membrane swells, the lining makes extra mucus and the airway narrows.
  • Interview with Cisca: Cisca is twelve years old and when she was two years old her parents were out she had asthma. She was a slow baby, moved little. She had asthma by simply not have the energy to move. Cisca is sensitive to stimuli, both in the lung as well as on the skin. When properly taking her medication then she has little burden of asthma. But she was tired slightly faster and more susceptible to cold or flu. She regularly goes for check to the pediatrician.
  • Asthma or not ?: if you often cough or are afraid, you go to the doctor. Questions are asked and the doctor will listen to the lungs. If it is not a common cold then you will be referred to a pediatrician or pulmonologist. Is a lung test done and you get a drug that asthmatics use. If the drugs are then chances are you have asthma. Sensitive airways are hereditary.
  • Gasp for breath: if you do not have asthma, it is difficult to imagine how someone with the disorder feel. You can do a test: your noses and make a thin straw in your mouth. Just breathe through the straw bag and twenty times up and down through your knees. How do you feel now? If someone gets an asthma attack then it is important that he or she is given medication as quickly as possible. Ensure that the stimulus that caused the attack goes away. Take for example someone from a smoky room, give a glass of water, do loosen tight clothing. Helps the medication after five minutes, call a doctor. Even if someone is completely depleted or can breathe bad, call for a doctor.
  • Medications: Asthma is not curable, but treatment options can stop asthma symptoms or at least reduce. They can be divided into two types: bronchodilators and anti-inflammatories. They have different colors so that they are not confused. You take the medication with an inhaler. The drug is a kind of powder, which is dissolved in propellant in the inhaler. The inhaler put a header. There are different attachments for different ages. Healthy life could also be viewed as a cure for asthma. In a severe form of asthma, it is sometimes good to go to a center asthma. These centers are always in an environment where there is little or no industry, but with lots of greenery and clean air.
  • Get rid of those incentives !: you can reduce asthma symptoms by removing the stimulus. For example, special covers for mattress, duvet and pillow if you are allergic to dust mites. Allergic to dust, make sure that there is no thick carpets in the house. Are you allergic to pets then you can find the best another home for the dog, cat or guinea pig.

  • After these chapters follow a glossary and information about other books on the subject of asthma.

    The text, illustrations

    On the front of the book there is a picture of a girl using an inhaler. Above the picture is a crown containing the number 235, including the title of the book in large pink letters: I have asthma. It is a book from Rider ?? s Documentation Centre, this book is suitable for children from grade seven and eight. On the back of the book you can read what the book is about. The book begins with a table of contents, followed by the different chapters. The title is printed in yellow letters with the chapter number. For each chapter you will find text and a few pictures ?? or drawings. The text accompanying the illustrations is pink. Each chapter is divided into several topics, such letters from these cups also have a pink color. After the chapters follow a keyword list.


    Bronchodilators you use when you have a lot of your asthma or an asthma attack. They give the muscles around the bronchial tubes relax. The airways become wider again and you can breathe easier. These drugs help your anxiety is rapidly dwindling. Therefore it is wise to always have with you this medicine, wherever you go.

    What age?

    On the back of the book indicated that the book is suitable for children aged seven and eight. Personally I think that the book is also very suitable for younger children.

    My opinion

    My children do not have asthma, but friends of them. I have this book discussed with them so that they better understand what asthma and what to do if a friend gets an asthma attack. I think it's a very informative book.