3 Steps To Helping Your Asthmatic Child

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The first and most important step to take is to decide to take over your child's asthma. Parents of children with asthma suffer from a variety of conflicting feelings. Strongest is the natural concern for their child. You give them the best treatment, or is there something you do not think about or do not realize? Then there are the doubts about being over or under protective. If they have non-asthmatic siblings you treat all of your children the same? There may be some mistakes that asthma inherited and it is your fault your child has the condition.
Steps To Helping Your Asthmatic Child

Let us take charge of the situation and dispel this myth straight. You do not have willed it to your child. It is no fault or some kind of assessment more than the ability of the legacy that makes a person more likely to be good at sports or singing. You can also take charge by educating yourself about the condition. Do not waste time worrying if there are better treatments or medications for your child. Find out. Using the medical profession, library and internet. The best prescription is knowledge.

The next step is to become aware of your child's health. One problem with having a sick child is their inability to clearly explain how they feel. An asthmatic child may not come to you in the middle of the night and mention difficulty breathing, or persistent coughing. Instead they may leave their condition deteriorated until his lungs have expanded enough to start pressing their stomachs. Currently they can call them feel sick.

Some children just take a rest when their breathing becomes difficult and never mention they feel out of breath.

If you suspect your child may have asthma you probably know the classic signs to look for: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, discoloration of skin, nails, or lips, and chest tightness. But also be aware there are other signs that indicate there may be a problem: nausea, lethargy and poor appetite. Also notice if your child has to hunch forward as their breath if they feel short of breath.

If possible Look at your child breathes while they sleep. This will allow you to see how they breathe when they are relaxed. Then you will be able to tell when breathing them into work.

Next, make sure your child brings inhaled medication correctly. Many asthma medications are delivered by inhalers and it is often difficult for children to understand and perform the necessary sequence of breaths to take drugs. Is how long your child takes to learn to blow their nose properly? I know of one child who insisted they hold their breath while they kept their lips firmly together as they breathed through their nose. Many children feel they cannot hold their breath for the required interval and end up dramatically gasping. If a child with asthma to take medicines through a metered dose inhalation is often better to use it with a spacer or aero-chamber.

You need to be prepared for an asthma attack. Know what to do. If your child suffers an asthma attack keep calm and resist the urge to cuddle your child. Although this is reasonable will constrict their chest and make it more difficult for them to breathe.

If you drive your child ER or a physician while they are having an asthma attack you must still buckle them into their child seats. Do not hold your child. Imagine what would happen if there was an accident.

To deal with asthma effectively you have to understand the disease and understand your child. You may be tempted to let your doctor make all the decisions, but there is much more you can do than just administer the drug. You can improve the condition by making changes in the home environment, to your child's diet, to how they breathe, and the exercise they take. The more you know about asthma more effectively you can control.