As a parent caring for a child with asthma, we do all that we can to support their care. It is heartbreaking to see your child have their lives restricted or limited due to asthmatic events. Interrupted sleep and frequent events during the day, are when we start to get uncomfortable and question what is happening.
The 3 simple changes I made as a parent that helped my child with asthma:
- Got serious – Determinedly decided I would make changes. I had no idea what to change, but decided I must be organised and speak up on all health issues for my child.
- Took action – I noticed that if I improved the way I communicated what was happening for my child, her health improved. I wrote down dates of events, medication given and why. I then discussed the history with the family doctor.
- Persisted – Continued with this approach until a noticeable difference occurred.
Managing your asthma means taking control of your health and living your life to the full. With the right knowledge, skills and medication you can do just about anything – asthma shouldn’t stop you.
I do believe its possible to live well with asthma. I’ve lived both sides of it. Write everything down, be organised and speak up. Never give up nor accept that persistent asthma is just the way it is for your child.
We the parents, are our child’s voice when communicating with other adults. So be brave and strong like the lion (not a snoozing one, like Sophie drew) when taking action on asthma management for your child.
For more information speak to your medical professional or visit the Asthma Foundation in your State or Territory for resources, facts and support.
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