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Breathe Easy: How to Manage Your Child’s Asthma

Asthma can be a scary thing for both you and your child. This ailment doesn’t have to rule all of your lives. Here are some ways that you can effectively manage your child’s asthma.

Follow Your Doctor’s Advice

You should follow the advice of your doctor when it comes to managing the appropriate amount of medication and avoiding certain activities. This will help everyone to know what needs to be done in order for your child to have a normal life. There may be certain activities that will need to be avoided to prevent flare-ups. Certain environmental conditions may play a factor when it comes to your child’s asthma. Be aware of these items so that their asthma can be managed appropriately.

Avoid Unnecessary Triggers

Avoid known triggers when it comes to flare-ups. Take steps to ensure that your home is as free of allergens as possible. This means that you’ll want to change your air filter in your HVAC system on a regular basis. You may even want to invest in a filter that uses HEPA filtration. Vacuum and dust the rest of your home in regular intervals. Keep an eye on the weather and be aware of any smog alerts in your area. This could help to protect your child from an unforeseen flare-up.

Have a Backup Plan

Make sure not to run out of your child’s asthma medications. Have a backup set of medications on-hand so that you don’t get caught off-guard. You may want to pack an extra inhaler in your child’s backpack so that they don’t have an issue at school. Let your child’s school and any other caregivers involved know about the fact that they have asthma. Educate them so that they know what to do in the event of a problem.

Know the Signs

Be aware of the signs and symptoms of an impending flare-up. Teach your child to watch for the signs so that they can take the appropriate measures before it develops into a bigger issue. Understand when a flare-up has been going on too long so that you can get medical help in a timely fashion. These are important since many kids end up in the emergency room each year due to an uncontrolled asthma attack.

Educate yourself and your child about the best ways to manage their asthma. You don’t want their asthma to limit your child for the rest of their life.

Tim Esterdahl

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