Coughing, wheezing, and trouble getting a deep breath stop the Big Bad Wolf from blowing down the 3 Little Pigs' house of straw. Jiggs the Pig steps up to help him get to the doctor to find out what's gone wrong with his world-famous huff and puff.
This episode covers the "signs" and "symptoms" of asthma. These are the things that you can see, hear, or feel - like a cough, wheeze, or tightness in the chest.
Before the doctor can tell Big if he has asthma, he has to do an examination. This video lets kids know what to expect during the examination and assures them "it won't take long, and it doesn't hurt a bit."
Dr. Yan gives Big his official diagnosis: asthma. He explains that while asthma can't be cured, it can be controlled and he introduces Big and Jiggs to the "Asthma Action Plan."
Big learns that "triggers" -- things like smoke, pollution, pet dander, and pollen -- can make his asthma worse or even bring on an asthma attack.
Along with his mom and dad, Big learns about "rescue" and "maintenance" medicines for asthma, how they're different, and why they're both very important.
Nurse Nightingale teaches Big about the different ways he might take his asthma medicines, including overviews on inhalers, nebulizers, and spacers.
Correct technique when using a metered dose inhaler (MDI) with a spacer can improve the effectiveness of the medicine, and this video shows how.
Correct technique when using a metered dose inhaler (MDI) with a spacer and a face mask for a small child can improve the effectiveness of the medicine, and this video shows how.
Using a dry powder inhaler (DPI) is quite different from using a metered dose inhaler (MDI). This video shows how to use and manage dry powder inhalers.