If your child has recently been diagnosed as "wheezy" by their doctor, you likely have a lot of questions. You may also be feeling powerless, and concerned by their diagnosis, but it's important to remember that with the right treatment plan, many "wheezy" kids enjoy happy and active lives.
Although your child's healthcare provider is the best person to ask specific questions relating to their diagnosis, this week, we're offering some general advice for the parent's of kids who have recently been diagnosed as "wheezy" — to help you get off to a good start.
Follow Your Doctor's Advice
Most children diagnosed with asthma will also be prescribed a treatment plan. Depending on how severe your child's asthma is, they may be prescribed medicines that must be taken daily (known as maintenance medications), or medicines that should be taken during flare-ups (known as quick-relief medications,) or a combination of both. Asthma medicines typically require the use of a nebulizer or inhaler to get to the source of inflammation — the lungs. Your child's doctor will advise you on the medicine your child needs, as well as how often it should be taken. It's crucial that you follow this schedule, even if your child starts to feel better.
Create an Asthma Action Plan
All wheezy children should have an asthma action plan that can be referred to and shared with caregivers, such as other family members and teachers. An asthma action plan can be developed alongside your child's doctor. It should typically include prescribed medicines and their treatment schedule, a list of their asthma triggers, a guide to recognizing their symptoms and when they're worsening, and what to do in case of an emergency. Asthma Action Plans are crucial in helping parents and children understand their condition and how to manage it best.
Identify Your Child's Wheezing Triggers
Asthma triggers are known irritants that cause your child's asthma symptoms to worsen. Allergens such as pollen and mold are common triggers. Although it may be difficult to pinpoint your child's exact triggers, keeping a diary of their symptoms can help. You could also consider taking your child to an allergist who can test for specific allergies. Being aware of what triggers your child's flare-ups can make it easier to avoid them and can help manage their asthma symptoms much more effectively.
Know What To Do During An Asthma Attack
When your child's asthma symptoms flare-up or become severe, it's crucial you know what to do. If you notice an increase in your child's quick-relief inhaler use or they are experiencing asthma symptoms that aren't helped by their medication, it's important to call their doctor. If your child is experiencing difficulty breathing, difficulty talking, or appears pale, call emergency services or take them directly to the ER.
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