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SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – A new study by the Centers for Disease Control finds that fewer children in the U.S. are dealing with asthma attacks.

While that may be the case, doctors say there’s still too many ending up in the hospital because of it.

Asthma affects about six million kids, making it the most common respiratory disease in the country. But, even though the numbers are dropping, it’s not all good news.

About half of all children with asthma had at least one attack in 2016.

Dr. Mike Sevilla with the Family Practice Center of Salem said he believes the decline in kids with asthma is, in part, due to better awareness, recognition of symptoms and better testing.

“If you notice that your child is not breathing as well, definitely get that checked out immediately. They may be at an increased risk for allergies. If you have pets at home or if the parents smoke, definitely stop smoking,” Sevilla said.

This CDC report finds that even though the number of children with asthma is down, about one in six still end up in the hospital for symptoms.

Right now there is no cure for asthma, but there are ways to help control symptoms.

“If they know that their breathing is getting worse, they can take certain medicines to help them get better faster. There are also medicines they have to take every day to help with symptoms,” Sevilla said.

In some cases, about one-third of people will grow out of their asthma symptoms. Another third stay the same and another third will get worse.

As with any disease or illness, it’s important to talk to your doctor and come up with the best solution for you and your family.

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