Parenting a Wheezy Child? You’re Not Alone

July 29, 2019 by AireHealth

At AireHealth, we are parents, patients, and caregivers. This means we are genuinely passionate about improving respiratory care for millions of people throughout the U.S.  

We understand that parents of wheezy kids face different challenges, and it can sometimes make life stressful and worrying. 

When parenting, it’s easy to put your needs last because you’re too busy looking after your child. However, it’s important to look after yourself also, because being mentally and physically well ensures you have the emotional and physical energy to care for your wheezy kid. 

After speaking to many parents of wheezy children, we’ve compiled some pieces of advice that we believe every parent could benefit from. 

Peace of Mind for Parents

Parenting does not come with a handbook, and if your child also has a health condition the experience can become overwhelming. It is important to remember that no question is a silly question — your pediatrician is there to provide you with all of the information you need to manage your child’s care effectively.

For example, if you aren’t sure whether their treatment plan is working, or whether they are using their medication correctly, it is crucial that you discuss this with their doctor. There are many different treatment options available for wheezing, and finding the right one for your family may be a case of trial and error. If you are confident that your child is receiving their correct medication dosage and that their care is being managed well, your peace of mind will improve. 

Talk to Your Boss

Around 20 million working days are lost each year due to asthma.  If you’re concerned about having to take time off from work to care for your wheezy child, it may help to discuss your situation with your employer.

By sitting down and explaining your circumstances,  you can help your colleagues to understand what you and your child are dealing with and how it is impacting your life. 

Seek Support From Others

Caring for a wheezy child can sometimes feel overwhelming, but there is power in numbers. You may find it comforting to join a support group for parents and caregivers who are going through a similar experience to you. 

Consider connecting with other parents on Facebook pages and forums dedicated to asthma. Not only will you feel supported throughout your journey, but you may also make new friends in your local area and be a source of support for someone else.

If you have any more tips for parenting a wheezy child, we would love for you to share them with us so that more parents and children with respiratory illness can #LiveAireHealthy

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