Helping Your Child Cope with Asthma
When you realize that your
child has asthma, it is important
that you react properly. You
want to help your child manage
the asthma to ensure that he or
she is able to lead a full and
happy life even with the asthma.
Type of asthma
Most parents should start by
doing research about the type of
asthma that their child has. While you are working with your child and your child’s doctors, you
should be able to create a very accurate view of the type of asthma that your child has and what
affects it will have.
There are many people that do not realize that there are different types of asthmas and different
ways that asthma can be aggravated. Take time to really understand what your child is going
through and what you can do to help your child live a full life.
To fully understand what type of asthma your child is dealing with, you may want to start by
tracking the asthma symptoms. Make sure that you are watching your child and noting when any
type of shortness of breath interfere with school, play, exercise and even sleep.
Take note of the number of times throughout the day that your child is using an inhaler. You
want to make sure that you have this information with you when you visit your child’s doctor or
when you visit your child’s respiratory therapy clinic.
Peak flow meter
The respiratory therapy clinic may also what you to use a peak flow meter. This device is easy
to use and your child can use it on a daily basis to measure how well the lungs are working and
understand if the asthma is getting any worse.
When you are able to identify asthma triggers, you should work with your child to try to avoid
those triggers on a daily basis. There may be some triggers that you cannot control, but if you
can control any triggers do your best to keep your child away from them.
Understanding when to seek emergency care is often a big struggle for parents when their
children are first diagnosed with asthma. Although an asthma attack can be scary, you may not
necessarily need to seek help at an emergency room.
Talking with your doctor about when you should
seek emergency help is a great way to ensure that
your child will be safe. You should understand
what to do and what the best way to react is when
your child has an asthma attack.
Although asthma can be scary and even
frustrating, there has been a lot of research done
about how to manage asthma. Working with
your child to help your child understand what is
happening to his or her body will also be
Do not be afraid to talk with your doctor on a consistent basis as you are working on figuring out
this disease. This way, you can be sure that you have the most up to date knowledge and you are
confident with helping your child cope with asthma.
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