At first, you thought that they might have a cold or a bad batch of seasonal allergies. Then, as time went on and the coughing spells became more frequent, a doctor finally told you that your child has asthma.
Your first instinct may be to worry, but there are over five million kids out there with asthma symptoms, and with these numbers have come countless strategies for dealing with the issue. Our tips for managing your child’s asthma will help you navigate these troubled waters.
Since it takes a village to raise a child, it’s a good idea to get the whole family involved.
Teach Your Family About Asthma
As much as you want to find ways to manage your child’s asthma, you should equip your child to manage their own asthma symptoms. And since it takes a village to raise a child, it’s a good idea to get the whole family involved: spouses, siblings, grandmas, and cousins. If everyone has the same information, it creates an environment where your child can learn to handle their symptoms well.
Keep an Asthma Diary
As with any medical condition, no two cases are the same. And to help your child manage their symptoms effectively, you must know the nature of their condition. Keeping an asthma diary will help. Keep the diary in a place everyone can access it, and whenever your child has symptoms, record:
- The nature of the symptoms
- How long they lasted
- What they were doing when they started
- The weather conditions outside
- The time of day
- Any potential triggers
- Foods, drink, and medications they’ve consumed
This information is invaluable for identifying triggers and assessing how effective treatments are in managing symptoms. A diary is like your personal cheat sheet when your doctor starts quizzing you on your child’s health.
Deep Clean the House
Asthma triggers like dust, dirt, and smoke are everywhere. While we can’t rid the world of the things that make it hard for our children to breathe, we can make sure the home environment has good air quality. Start with a deep cleaning, removing dirt and dust with VOC-free cleaners. Then, end your regimen with an air purifier.