Three Plans To Helping Your Asthmatic Child

The first and most significant plan to consider is to decide to take charge of your child's asthma. Parents of asthmatic children experience a range of conflicting feelings. Strongest is the natural interest for their child. Are you providing them with the best treatment, or is there something you have not thought of or are unaware of? Then there are the difficulties of being over or under protective. If they have non-asthmatic siblings, do you handle it with all of your children the same? Perhaps there is some fault that asthma may be inherited and it is your fault your baby has the disease.

Let's manage the situation and disperse this myth straight away. You have not willed it onto your child. It is nobody's fault or a judgement of some sort any more than an inherited ability that makes someone more likely to be good at sports or music. You can also take charge by training yourself about the condition. Do not waste time depressing if there are better therapies or medications for your child. Find out by using the medical profession, library and the internet.

The next plan is to be aware of your child's health. One problem with having an ill baby is their inability to explain how they feel apparently. An asthmatic child may not come to you in the middle of the night and discuss difficulty breathing, or persistent coughing. Instead, they may leave their status to worsen until their lungs have expanded enough to start pressing on their stomach. At this point, they may consider they feel sick.
Some children just rest when their breathing becomes difficult and never talk about feeling out of breath.

If you assume your child may have asthma, you probably know the perfect marks to look for: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, changes in the color of skin, nails, or lips, and a tightness of the chest. But also consider that other signs suggest there may be a problem: nausea, lethargy, and low appetite. Also, see if your child has to hunch forward as they exhale if they are feeling short of breath.

If possible, watch your baby's breathing while they're sleeping. This will let you see how they breathe when they are relaxed. Then, you can tell when their breathing becomes laboured.

Next, ensure your child takes any inhaled medication properly. Inhalers deliver many asthma medications, and it is often difficult for a child to learn and perform the necessary sequence of breaths to take these medicines. How long did your baby take to get to blow their nose properly? I know of one child who insisted they were holding their breath while they kept their lips firmly together as they breathed through their nose. Many children feel they are not able to hold their breath for the required interval and end up dramatically gasping for air. If your asthmatic child has to take medicines through a metered dose inhaler, it is often best to use it with a spacer or aero-chamber.

You need to be ready 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. Though this is ideally natural, it will constrict their chest and make it tougher for them to breathe.

If you are taking your child to a physician while they are having an asthma attack, you must still buckle them into their child seat. Do not hold your child. Imagine what would happen if there was an accident.

To deal with asthma effectively, you have to recognise the disease and know your child. You may be tempted to let your doctor make all the decisions. But there is so much more you can do than just administer medication. You can develop the condition by making changes to the home atmosphere, to your child's diet, to how they breathe, and to the exercise they take.