Asthma

What is Asthma?

  • ·        A lung disease.  It can be life threatening.
  • ·        It is chronic.  If your child has it, he has to live with it everyday.
  • ·        Causes breathing problems – called attacks or episodes of asthma.

It is important to:

  • ·        Take your child’s asthma seriously
  • ·        Have him take his asthma medicine as prescribed
  • ·        When asthma symptoms don’t stop, get help!  

Know your child’s asthma symptoms:

  • ·        “I cough a lot while I exercise or even when I rest after exercising.”
  • ·        “I have shortness of breath.”
  • ·        “I make a wheezing sound when I breathe.”
  • ·        “I feel tightness in my chest.”

(Symptoms are clues that your child is having an asthma attack.)

 

What to do in case of a mild asthma attack:

  • ·        When your child says his chest feels tight, he is coughing, or wheezing when he breathes, he should take his asthma medicine as prescribed by his doctor.  Usually the air tubes in his lungs will open up in minutes.  Ask your doctor how long it should take.  If it is not working like it supposed to, call your doctor.

 

What to do in case of a severe attack:

  • ·        The child may become breathless.  He may have trouble talking.  His neck muscles may become tight.  His lips and fingernails may have a bluish or grayish color.   The skin around his ribs of his chest may be sucked in.  Give him his asthma medicine right away and go quickly to the emergency room!  Your child can get in trouble if he waits too long.  This is how people can die from asthma!!

 

Your role in your child’s asthma care:

  • ·        If your child has not been diagnosed and treated, see a doctor right away.  He can work with you and your child to control it. 
  • ·        Have your child take his medicines as prescribed.  If the doctor prescribes a bronchodilator inhaler, which stops asthma attacks after they’ve started, and can prevent expected attacks, as from exercise, ask the doctor to give you an inhaler for school. The nurse will keep it in the clinic, and have it on hand whenever the child needs it!
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