Having a child with asthma may be a concern for the family. Especially for parents who now assume an additional responsibility to anticipate any unexpected situations and conditions that can arise at any time when the symptoms of childhood asthma attack.
The following is a guide for you as a parent with children with asthma, including consideration of the best choice of pediatric asthma medication.
1. Save full child medical records
The best step to designing an effective asthma treatment plan is to be prepared. Save all the child's medical record, because the files will be very useful for the doctor to check the condition of the child and determine what type of treatment is most appropriate for him.
You also need to make a complete record of how often the child experiences wheezing (shortness of breath with wheezing), what triggers relapse symptoms, how often the child goes back and forth to the doctor or hospital, how often to use pediatric asthma medication, and steps - what steps have been used to prevent the relapse of the asthma.
2. Make your home protected from asthma triggers
Staying at home safe from asthma triggers can greatly help prevent recurrence and the severity of symptoms.
Some of the common triggers for asthma or allergies in the home need to be watched out for, such as:
- Furry animals, carpets, fabric-based furniture, and dolls.
- Moss and wall mushrooms.
- Cigarette smoke, sprays (perfume, hairspray, insect repellent), powder.
- Certain foods (dried fruit, process potatoes such as bulk fries, and shrimp).
Being aware of asthma triggers doesn't mean you have to throw them away from home. You just need to be wiser in managing it.
3. Make sure your child routinely checks with the doctor
Aside from his daily routine such as going to school or tutoring and playing, make sure your child routinely checks himself into the doctor to monitor his asthma.
In addition, you as a parent must also ensure that the child's asthma medication is always available - both non-prescription and prescription. Also check the expiration date of each drug. Immediately refill to the pharmacy before the drug is completely used up or stale. Make sure your child takes the medicine according to the schedule and dosage prescribed by the doctor.
Make sure the main asthma medication is like a peak flow meter, rescue medication, and spacer, and the nebulizer is always close to the range. Nebulizer is a good choice for the treatment of asthma because is easier to use than inhalers.
4. Design your action plan
An action plan or an asthma action plan, is written instructions that you make together with your doctor. What must be included in your child's asthma action plan is the type and amount of medication he uses, whatever his asthma symptoms, specific symptoms, restrictions or restrictions on physical activity for him, to emergency backup actions if the child does not respond to the usual medication.
You also have to enter the telephone numbers of both parents along with the doctor's telephone number that handles them in the action record.
5. Prepare another family member
It is important to notify all other family members about your child's asthma, including his grandparents. Also tell people who are often around children, such as babysitters and household assistants; principals, teachers, and UKS officers in schools; to the parents of his friends when he played in their home.
Make sure they understand correctly how to deal with symptoms of relapsing asthma along with how to use pediatric asthma medication. Give them a copy of your action plan.
Knowing how your child's school handles asthma cases in the past is also important. Tell the school if your child is allergic to certain foods.
6. Teach children about their asthma
Allowing children to know and understand their own health conditions will be very useful for them in the future.
When a child is 5 years or older, you can start teaching him what asthma is and what the symptoms are so that he can be directly involved in the design of his own action plan.
If your child wants to join a sports club at his school, be sure to discuss with him first about how to treat asthma before, during, and after physical activity.
A study reported that the majority of mothers who have children with asthma feel responsible for the illness their children have. They believe that the condition of a child's asthma that is getting worse is a result of their negligence in recognizing the initial symptoms. This then becomes the root of the emotional problems of the parents of children with asthma.
Caring for children needs a non-playful effort. Moreover, children with asthma. Whatever good things you have prepared for them, don't overload yourself and never forget to be compassionate to yourself like you do for your child.
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