Asthma is a very common condition, and it can be very scary to find that your child is suffering from a condition that can impact their ability to breathe. But it’s important to ensure you have as much information as possible. Here are a few tips that could help the road to successful management of your child’s asthma go smoother.
Make Sure They Take Their Medicine
Many children diagnosed with asthma will need to take regular maintenance medicines. While it can seem overwhelming, especially with a lot of pediatric medical equipment, such as oxygen masks and spacers, the reality is that a lot of asthma medicines are easy to use. Inhalers or nebulizers are common now, and having good technique to ensure the medicine gets into the lungs is crucial, especially if they are only used during a flare-up, so they can open the airways.
Triggers are classed as things that will bother your child’s airways and could lead to a flare-up. With asthma, common triggers include pollen, mold, changes in weather (such as temperature), exercise, or viral infections like colds. Understanding your child’s triggers will give you far better insight. You can also get in contact with your doctor and test your child for allergies that you think might be making asthma more difficult to deal with. When you understand your child’s triggers, you can be better informed and help your child avoid them where possible. It’s not possible to avoid everything, but when you understand the triggers and the severity of how they will impact your child, you can make a more balanced decision.
Keeping Track of the Asthma
Sometimes we need to be able to predict if an asthma flare-up is on its way. Tools like a peak flow meter and an asthma diary are invaluable, especially newly into the management process. A peak flow meter is a tool that will measure how well your child can blow air out of their lungs. Noting the peak flow results and plotting them on a chart will help you see if things are not going in the right direction and if the airways are getting blocked, resulting in a potential flare-up.
Make Sure Your Child Gets the Flu Vaccine
Check-in with your pulmonologist for the protocols directly related to your child’s case. In most cases, the flu vaccine is recommended for every child — including those with asthma. If your child gets the flu, the risk of developing a serious illness is increased. The same applies to other respiratory illnesses, such as coronavirus.
You could benefit from understanding when a flare-up is going to happen by looking for early warning signs, for example, wheezing and coughing, or changes in how they look. When you are noticing signs, you can be ready to give them the medicine as needed, but it’s also important to understand when the child’s symptoms require emergency care. You should always have a quick-relief medicine ready if your child needs it, and anybody who looks after your child, like teachers, should know the best times and how to administer it.
It can be overwhelming but it’s important to have a plan. When you have an asthma action plan, this gives you a far better idea of how to manage the condition. Millions of children have it, but millions of children also manage their condition very effectively.