Table 1

Prevalence of respiratory symptoms, use of health services, impact on activities, and diagnosed asthma

Number reporting (%)
12 years and under13 years and over
*wheeze “ever” and asthma “ever” = lifetime prevalence.
(Data available for 240 children) (Data available for 110 children)
Wheeze ever*67 (27.9)30 (27.3)
In the past 12 months
Wheeze42 (17.5)18 (16.4)
Sleep disturbed by wheezing28 (11.7)13 (11.8)
Speech limiting attacks of wheeze 8 (3.3) 3 (2.7)
In the past 12 months (Data available for 218 children) (Data available for 110 children)
Dry cough55 (25.2)48 (43.6)
Seen a doctor for breathing problems23 (10.6)12 (10.9)
Medication for breathing36 (16.5)25 (22.7)
Breathing problems interfered with normal activities “quite a bit” 4 (1.8) 5 (2.7)
More than 5 days school absence because of breathing problems 6 (2.8) 5 (2.7)
Asthma ever*22 (10.1)10 (9.1)