Here are some helpful tips to manage and reduce asthma flare-ups in your child.
We know how scary it can be when your child starts wheezing and having trouble breathing. That’s why it’s so important that you don’t hesitate to visit our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians if your child is showing signs of asthma. While there is no cure for asthma, our pediatric team can provide you with medications, as well as lifestyle recommendations, to help you get your child’s asthma under control. Here are some tips to help better manage your child’s asthma symptoms,
Follow Medications to a Tee
If your child has been diagnosed with asthma then chances are good that our Raleigh, NC, doctors are going to prescribe medication to help reduce inflammation of the airways and to prevent an asthma attack from occurring. Most children will be prescribed a long-term control medicine that they will need to take every day to keep airway inflammation down, as well as a quick-relief medication to use only when symptoms start to appear.
Know Your Child’s Triggers
It’s important to recognize what triggers your child’s asthma symptoms so you can prevent exposure as much as possible. Common asthma triggers include,
- Changes in weather
- Viral infections (e.g. common cold)
- Sinus infections
- Pollen, mold, pet dander and dust mites
- Smoke and other air pollutants
Knowing your child’s triggers can give you valuable insight into what steps you can take to reduce your child’s exposure both inside and outside your home. Steps include using a HEPA filter, maintaining pet-free bedrooms, cleaning the home regularly and using allergy-proof bedding.
Have an Action Plan in Place…
And stick to it! An asthma action plan can be created with our pediatric team and will include detailed instructions on your child’s medications, dosages, and when to take them, as well as triggers, warning signs of a flare-up, and when your child may need emergency medical attention. This plan should also be given to your child’s school nursing staff, so they know what to do if your child has an asthma attack while at school.
If you want to sit down with our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians to discuss your child’s asthma treatment plan, then simply call White Oak Pediatrics at (919) 787-0266 today.