How to Prevent Asthma Attacks
One of the things you should know about your kid is whether or not he has asthma. Asthma can get worse if it’s not well-attended to. As someone who used to have asthma as a kid, it’s pretty tough and it’s pretty important to have some support at home.
Know when to bring your child to a physician. These signs and symptoms of asthma tell you that there is a need for medications.
Frequent attacks. Has your child ever missed school because of an asthma attack? What happens to your child during gym class? Or play time? Study the effectiveness of an inhaler in fighting off an attack. Ask your child how often he used the inhaler when he comes home from school so you can have an idea of his asthma condition. If your child uses the inhaler more than twice a week or on a regular basis, the asthma is getting serious.
Does your child wake up coughing more than twice a week? The asthma has gone more serious if your child coughs every morning. Observe also your child’s sleeping condition; and if he’s having sleeping problems. Check whether there is difficulty in breathing or discomfort.
Respiratory conditions. The classic symptoms of asthma will have your child wheezing and suffering short and labored breaths. A respiratory condition wherein your child suffers from the given symptoms could have been caused by exercise, allergens, or pollutions from smoke and fumes.
Know this. Children whose parents have had asthma are more likely to have asthma too.
Medication with the help of your child’s physician is the best step towards fighting asthma, but there are more preventive measures you can do to ensure your child’s health condition despite his allergy.
Maintaining a house which is squeaky-clean highly improves your child’s asthma condition. Frequently wash beddings in hot water, as well as stuffed animals, pillows, and curtains. If you must keep a pet, give it a bath often. Prevent mold build-up from the bathroom and vacuum the entire house, especially your child’s room and the living room.
Avoid plants inside the house for these could release pollen which could trigger an attack. Clean all your air filters, and do not forget that the attic needs some major cleaning, too.
Be wary of the pollen season, so you’ll know when not to hang clothes outside. Keep the windows closed to avoid outside dust from coming in. You can also implement a no-smoking rule inside the house and take off those wall-to-wall carpeting, because it collects a lot of dust, as well as non hypoallergenic pillows and beddings.
The pet should not stay inside the house, and keep your child away from the garden, and the street. You can make up for your child’s lack in play space by devoting one extra room and transform it into a playroom where your child can play all day without the dangers of an asthma attack.
November 22, 2007 Thursday at 7:43 am