Caring for a child with asthma, we learn to help our children with their medications and are generally prepared when there is an asthmatic event.
The events I let slip through unaddressed were the events quickly relieved by using the asthma reliever medication. Events for my child tended to be exercise related, playing at the park for example. But these are the ones, that are a good idea to notice because it indicates how well their asthma is managed.
What is good to aim for, is that trip to the park (for example) with no events. Your family doctor should be able to advise you on how to make that possible. What we as parents can do, is notice and report on what is happening.
Put your calendar into action: Mark on your calendar each time reliever medication is given. If it’s more than 3 times per week you may need to work with your family doctor.
- You maybe surprised to see how many times medication is given. It’s a good idea to keep track of your preventer medication as well, but generally these medications are daily so they don’t tend to vary as much as the reliever medication.
My concern was not about the medication, because I knew it helped my child. My concern was that my child was not able to be active as she otherwise should.
Talk to your doctor if concerned, visit the web sites for the Asthma Foundation in your area. Be informed and just give it ago to get ahead of asthma.
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