Cincinnati: 'In our clinics along, there are over 6,000 children with asthma"

Dec 26, 2017, WLST5—Cincinnati: Cincinnati Health professionals create book to help kids with asthma Thousands of children in the tri-state area are being diagnosed with asthma and some are even dying from it. Two Cincinnati children’s asthma specialists teamed up to help save more lives. Jaime Mahaffey and Kristy High are asthma care coordinators at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. They say asthma is the No. 1 reason for missed school days and emergency room visits for children in the tri-state area. “There are a lot of people that don't really know what asthma is and they see it as something that isn't serious. They just think, 'Oh you can't breathe.' That is your problem. It is more serious than that. It is a chronic disease,” High said. “In our clinics alone, there are over 6,000 children with asthma. Asthma is very prevalent not only in our city and the tri-state area but in the nation,” Mahaffey said. … Children and adults still die from asthma. In our state alone, there were 17 deaths in 2016,” Mahaffey said. That startling reality is why the two created a book called "Peter’s Perfect Pipes," to help children and adults understand what to do when someone has asthma.