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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.
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 beneficial. 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. Photo credit: Deiselbug2007, Zcopley
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