Having an Asthmatic Child

Updated: Jun 9, 2020

It’s that time of the year again; weather changes, colds, the flu, sinus infections, bronchitis, etc. These illnesses can trigger other health issues as well. One of the most common one is asthma. There are so many complications when it comes to having a child that is asthmatic. Nevertheless, there are things that parents have to struggle with and pay attention to, but it’s not the end of the world. The good thing is that there are preventative actions that can be done to make life easier and give you and your child comfort. The dictionary defines asthma as a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow, and swell. It also produces extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma is a very common condition in children which can often cause them to miss school, disrupt their sleep, play, and other activities. It can also often be very terrifying especially when it is sudden. The condition is unpredictable, which means that you can never determine when flare ups will occur. The shortness of breath along with coughing and wheezing makes it very difficult to breath during flare ups, which can be scary for everyone involved. Although there is no cure for asthma. If you know how to take control of the situation and develop a plan with your doctor it helps to reduce symptoms and avoid triggers. You should know what signs to look for to help avoid flares. Some ways that you can control or prevent asthma attacks are by taking preventive medications, have a plan, and be sure that you know the correct way to give medications. One of the most important things to do though is to be sure that you child sees their doctor regularly. As a mother of a child that is asthmatic. I can relate to the frustration that comes along with the condition. There are times where you are doing all that you can do and it still seems as if flare ups occur. The best thing you can do is to stay persistent and make sure that you remain calm, and stay in contact with your physician. Most importantly make sure that you stay knowledgeable of your child’s status. -Rayna’s Mom

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