Does your child have asthma?

Kids with AsthmaAsthma is serious and something that you need to detect and treat as soon as possible. Some children are more susceptible to asthma and it is important that you recognize the signs of a problem if and when they arise.

If your family has a history of allergies or asthma, the chances of your child developing asthma significantly increases. Your child’s odds of having asthma also increase if he or she had a low birth. A low birth rate is usually associated with exposure to cigarette smoke which is another leading contributor to breathing difficulties and asthma. You should also keep a close eye on your child’s breathing if they have experienced frequent respiratory infections.

If any of the above describes your situation, ask your child if they are experiencing any of the following warning signs

If your child is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, make a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible.  If you learn that your child has asthma, there are ways to help your child deal with the news. Ask the doctor to explain it to your child in easy to understand details and encourage your child to ask questions. If your child is too shy, start asking questions that you think might be going through your kid’s head.

Another way of helping your child cope with it is determining the triggers, so you can better manage the condition. If a brochodilator is used before your child participates in any form of exercise, then 80% of the time the asthma attack will be avoided.

It is also a good idea to join a support group with your child. At a support group, your child will have the chance to associate with other kids in the same age group who are experiencing the same emotions and medical concerns. Having asthma can make a child feel like there is something wrong with them and these groups show the child that they are not the only one. Your child may have many friends at school and a loving family at home, but a support group will help him or her relate to other asthmatic kids while learning new coping techniques in the process.

One of the greatest things you can do for your child is listen when they are scared, upset or even angry about having asthma. These are all normal emotions and you need to validate their feelings and reassure them that it is okay to feel that way. Make sure to keep things positive by pointing out everything they can do.  This will help keep things in perspective, since asthma doesn’t need to overtake someone’s life.

The goal of asthma treatment is to keep symptoms under control at all times. Well-controlled asthma means that your child has minimal or no symptoms, few flare-ups, no physical limitations on physical, rare need for quick-relief inhalers, and no side effects from medications.

Treating asthma involves both preventing symptoms and treating attacks in progress. Preventive, long-term control medications reduce the inflammation in your child’s airways which reduces the chance of symptoms. Quick-relief medications quickly open swollen airways that are limiting breathing. Most children with persistent asthma use a combination of long-term control medications and quick-relief medications that are taken using a hand-held inhaler. Your child can live a long, happy life with asthma, just make sure it is diagnosed, discussed, and properly treated.

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