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Asthma is a disease that causes the airways in the lungs to swell or tighten. In this handout, you will learn about asthma. You will also learn how to manage your child’s asthma and what to do if your child has an asthma attack.
Asthma is a chronic (long-term) disease that causes the airways in your child’s lungs to become inflamed (swell or tighten). The airways are tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. When the airways are inflamed, it can be hard for your child to breathe.
The causes of asthma symptoms are different for every person who has asthma. Some common triggers include:
The most important treatment for asthma is to keep your child away from his asthma triggers as much as possible. In addition to this, some children might also need medications to manage their symptoms.
Some common treatments include:
Your child should take his medications as directed. Taking medications on time and in the correct doses will help manage his asthma symptoms in the short-term and long-term.
Yes. Your child should see a doctor for asthma check-ups even when he feels well. This helps to ensure that your child’s asthma is not limiting them from his favorite activities
During appointments, your child’s care team can adjust medications as needed. The care team can also talk about how to prevent asthma symptoms through lifestyle changes.
Some children outgrow their asthma. Others do not. Talk with your child’s care team if you have questions about whether your child will outgrow asthma.
An Asthma Action Plan is a set of steps that you or your child can take to help ease asthma symptoms during an asthma attack (asthma symptoms suddenly and quickly get worse). Your child’s care team can help create and explain an Asthma Action Plan.
There is usually a reason why children do not take their medications properly. This is especially true for teenagers.
Here are some ways you can help your child:<?p>
An asthma attack is when a person’s asthma symptoms suddenly and quickly get worse. It becomes very hard for the person to breathe. Sometimes asthma attacks happen without warning. Other times, a person might feel an asthma attack coming on.
If your child has an asthma attack, follow the steps in his Asthma Action Plan. If your child does not have an Asthma Action Plan, ask the care team to create one with you.
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