Asthma is one of the most important chronic diseases of childhood. Parents’ awareness about asthma symptoms and knowledge of the asthma triggers are necessary for every step of diagnosis and treatment.
In this study, 85 primary school students’ parents leaving in a low-income district of Ankara were included. A questionnaire prepared 38 questions about symptoms and a trigger of asthma based on ISAAC (International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood) was applied to the parents. P value was 0.05.
Primary school students’ mean age was 9.1±0.9 year (min-max 7-11). Wheezing attack was recognized by parents in 10 of 85 children (11.7%). 9of 85 children (10.5%) were diagnosed as asthma by a medical doctor previously. 55 of 85 children (64.7%) had at least one smoker in their house. 14 of 85 parents (16.7%) defined humidity and 15 of them (17.6%) defined mold in their house.
Our study showed that, 11.7% of primary school students had wheezing. Indoor triggers such as humidity, mold and cigarette smoke were reported by the students’ parents. So especially in low income areas it is very important to educate the parents about indoor triggers.