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If your child is suffering from asthma, it is your parental duty to keep an
eye on it.
Whilst many of the symptoms of asthma in children can be quite scary,
with the right amount of effort, and a little bit of help from your doctor,
you should be able to keep your child’s symptoms under control.
Not only will it improve their quality of life, but it will also reduce the
amount of stress that you have to deal with when it comes to worrying
where and when that next asthma attack will strike.
On this page, we are going to talk a little bit about managing asthma in
• It is important that you keep detailed records of every asthma
symptom and attack that your child has to deal with. This serves two
• Firstly, this information will be used by the paediatrician to come up
with a viable treatment plan for your child’s asthma. Secondly, it
provides a good log for you. It will enable you to see what may
potentially trigger your child’s asthma and, hopefully, you will be able
to eliminate most of these triggers from the life of your child. This will
bring the asthma greatly under control.
• When and where an asthma attack, or even severe wheezing, occurs.
• Make a record of what activity your child was undertaking when the
asthma attack occurred.
• When you needed medical attention for the asthma attack.
• When your child needs to take asthma medication to quell their
Keep your home clean
There are a number of potential asthma triggers in your home. It is
important that you eradicate them to the best of your ability. For
example, you should not be smoking around your child. In addition to
this, if you have furry pets then you are going to want to ensure that
there is no fur floating about the house. This is a quick path to
triggering asthma in your child.
• In some cases, your child may suffer from seasonal asthma. For
example, some people find that their symptoms are worse in the
spring, or even the summer/fall. You want to ensure that your child
stays away from grass and trees if this is the case.
Seek medical attention if your child’s asthma
• There is no ‘one treatment’ for asthma. Your child’s doctor will work
incredibly hard to come up with a solution that is right for your child.
However, it is unlikely that they will get it right the first time around.
Do not continue with the medication if you do not feel as though it is
working. You will need to get in touch with the doctor immediately.
The doctor will then be able to devise a new treatment plan. In the
worst case scenario, they may have to prescribe oral steroids.
Know what triggers your child
• Generally speaking, a child’s asthma will be triggered by a few specific
things. It is important that you identify what these triggers are (this is
why you need detailed record keeping!). By identifying these triggers,
you will be able to keep the vast majority of asthma symptoms at bay.
In fact, eliminating these triggers may ensure that your child rarely
suffers an asthma attack.