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3 Must-Haves in your Child’s Asthma Action Plan

3 Must-Haves in your Child’s Asthma Action Plan

August 28, 2015  |  , ,  

Everyday children have a ton on their minds. They’re considering if they fit in at school; how their grades are doing; when they’re going to see their friends next; etc. Children with asthma are just like other children in this regard–they have all the same worries plus one more: how are they going to manage their asthma?  Doctors and parents alike may overwhelm young children with information about their condition, but an easily digestible action plan can prevent confusion. These three simple components are an excellent starting point for any asthma action plan.Daily Management Techniques
To avoid asthma attacks and other symptoms, teach your child daily management habits. Learning which medications to use on a daily basis and how to dose them is critical for situations where you may be unavailable, such as during an exercise-induced asthma attack. Children should also learn about asthma triggers that set off symptoms. Exposure to the following triggers can be avoided with planning and preparation:

  • Furry animals
  • Air pollution
  • Physical exercise
  • Dust
  • Bad weather
  • Environmental triggers such as freshly cut grass, moss, or pollen

Recognizing Worsening Asthma Symptoms
A kid-friendly asthma definition accompanied by an illustration can boost your child’s understanding of their condition. This will encourage them to take appropriate action as needed. Recognizing and treating asthma symptoms early on is the easiest way to avoid serious effects. If your child uses peak flow monitoring, you can start by teaching him or her how readings correlate with symptoms and when to get help immediately. Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath typically occur before an asthma attack. Knowing how to respond to asthma triggers will give your child time to get away from them and administer medication or ask for help from an adult.

Handling Administrative Complications
Children should carry a list of important contacts such as phone numbers, medical information and their medicine’s dosage schedule with them at all times. Parents can take proactive measures by getting written permission from their child’s doctor and a school official to keep asthma medicine in their personal belongings during school hours.

Asthma is a common condition that can be managed effectively with the right plan in place. Our specialists are available to help you create a plan that is individualized for your child. To get started, contact us today!