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Most people do not know what it feels like to have difficulty breathing, and parents with asthmatic children may have a lot of questions about how to help their child if they don't suffer from asthma themselves. Luckily, the treatment for children with asthma has improved greatly over the last few decades. Use the following tips to help raise your child with asthma so he or she can grow up healthy and happy:
Find the Right Specialist
Based on your child's symptoms, asthma may be diagnosed by your family's primary care physician or your child's pediatrician. After a diagnosis is made, it is important to find a specialist who better understands asthma in children and can develop a treatment plan to help keep your child's asthma under control. In most cases, asthma is treated by either a pulmonologist or an allergist/immunologist. Your child's doctor can help refer your family to a specialist that can best help your son or daughter.
Discover the Triggers
There are no universal triggers for asthma attacks—typically, each individual child has different things that can trigger an attack. As a parent of an asthmatic child, it is important to pay close attention so you can discover the triggers and help prevent your child from being exposed to these triggers in the future. It can be very helpful to keep a journal of your child's symptoms and what he or she is exposed to, as well as the dates and times of asthma attacks so you can figure out how different things affect your child's asthma.
Learn the Early Signs of an Asthma Attack
In many cases, there are symptoms prior to a child suffering an asthma attack. Common symptoms include severe wheezing, rapid breathing, constant coughing, and pressure or tightness in the chest. Watch for these signs and teach your child to tell you if he or she is experiencing any of these symptoms so you can help him or her.
Teach Your Child How to Respond
If your child has asthma, he or she will most likely be prescribed a rescue inhaler and a controller inhaler to use. A rescue inhaler contains medication that can provide almost instant relief from asthma symptoms or an attack, while a controller medication can help prevent an asthma attack from occurring after being exposed to triggers. Make sure that your child knows how to use each one of these inhalers in case they need their medication when you are not with them.