Understand Your Child’s Asthma Program
If your child has asthma, it is only natural to worry that he or she is in serious trouble or to wonder if he or she needs treatment. This is where the app can help. It sets out the signs to look for and the steps you should take to control your breathing.
Step 1: Identifying and Controlling Causes of Asthma
Children with asthma have a different set of triggers. Causes are factors that irritate the airways and cause asthma symptoms. The causes may change at certain times of the year and as the child grows older. Other common causes of cigarette smoke, allergies such as dust, dust worms, and pets, bacterial infections, irritants such as strong odors, exercise – often the most common cause of asthma – cold breathing, and climate change.
Identifying the causes and symptoms may take some time. Keep a record of when symptoms occur and how long they last.
Once you have seen the patterns, you can avoid some contentious things. Talk to your doctor about starting environmental control measures that will limit those allergies to food. Remember that allergies develop over time with constant exposure to allergies, so the causes of a child’s asthma may change.
Other caregivers, such as midwives, day caregivers, or teachers, should be informed of your child’s asthma treatment plan. Many schools have programs for their staff to learn about asthma and see severe symptoms.
Here are some suggestions on how to control allergies:
Controlling dust mites:
- Only use pillows and comforters filled with polyester (never have feathers or downs).
Use insect repellent covers (available at allergies) on pillows and mattresses.
Keep the covers clean by wiping or wiping them once a week.
- Wash your baby’s sheets and blankets once a week in hot water (130 degrees or more) to kill the worms.
- Store upholstered furniture, mini-blinds for windows, and carpet outside the child’s bedroom and playroom because they can collect dust mites (especially carpets).
Use washable carpets and rugs and wash them with hot water every week.
Vinyl window shades that cannot be erased can also be used.
- Apply dust and vacuum weekly.
If possible, use a vacuum designed specifically to collect and trap dust larvae (with a HEPA filter).
Reduce the number of dust plants that collect dust, books, knickknacks, and unwashed pets in your home.
- Avoid humidifiers if possible. Moist air promotes the infestation of dust larvae and the growth of mold.
Controlling pollens and worms:
- Renovate bathrooms, basements, and other wet areas where mold can grow.
- Consider keeping light in cabinets and using humidifiers in the basement to remove air humidity.
- Use air conditioning because it removes excess air moisture, filters pollen outside, and provides air circulation throughout your home.
- Filters should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Avoid wallpaper and carpets in bathrooms as mold can grow under them.
- Use bleach to kill mold in toilets.
- Keep windows and doors closed during pollination.
Do not smoke (or allow others to smoke) at home, even when the child is not present.
Do not light wood fires or wood-burning stoves.
Avoid strong smells of paint, perfumes, hair spray, disinfectants, chemical cleaners, air conditioners, and glue.
Control of animal marijuana:
- If your child is sick with a pet, you may need to consider getting a new home for the animal or keeping the animal out all the time.
- Even if your child does not get sick from an animal now, he or she can get sick from continued exposure.
- It may (but not always) help to wash the animal at least once a week to remove excess dander and pollens.
- Never let a pet enter a sick child’s room.
- If you do not already have a pet and your child has asthma, consult your child’s doctor if you are considering getting one.
- If the fungus or pollen is high, give your child the medicine recommended by your doctor (usually an antihistamine such as Zyrtec or Claritin) before going outside.
- After playing outside, the child should wash and change his clothes.
- Drive with the car windows closed and open with air conditioning in times of mildew and pollen.
- Do not allow the child to mow the grass or rake leaves.
In some cases, the doctor may recommend immunotherapy, a way to gradually improve your child’s tolerance for a debilitating illness when the control measures and medications do not work. Talk to your child’s doctor about these options.
Step 2: Anticipating and Preventing Asthma Disorders
Patients with asthma have chronic or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Swollen airways are usually congested (or narrow) whenever exposed to explosions (such as infection or allergies). Some children with asthma may have increased inflammation in the lungs and airways every day without knowing it. Their breathing may feel normal and there may be no swelling when their airways become narrowed and swollen, making them prone to inflammation. To better assess a child’s breathing and determine the risk of asthma (or rash), breathing tests may be helpful, but in your home, health care professionals may now use a simple colored system (see below) to help you determine what kind of treatment your baby needs.
Step 3: Taking Medication as Prescribed
Creating an effective medication regimen for asthma can take time and trial and error. Different medicines work more or less effective for different types of asthma, and some combinations of drugs work better for some children but not for others.
There are two main categories of asthma medications: first-aid drugs (remedies) and long-term prevention drugs (control medications). Asthma medications treat both symptoms and causes, so they effectively control asthma in almost every child.
Prescription drugs, home remedies, and over-the-counter medications do not replace prescription asthma because they do not reverse the obstruction and do not resolve the cause of most asthma attacks. As a result, asthma is not controlled by these illegal drugs, and may even worsen their use.
Step 4: Managing Outbreaks By Following Your Asthma Action Plan
If you follow the first three steps to control asthma, your baby will have fewer symptoms of asthma and rash. Keep in mind that any child with asthma may have occasional asthma attacks, especially during the study period between diagnosis and control or after exposure to a more potent or new trigger. With proper patient education, proper medication on hand, and in-depth monitoring, families can learn to control minor asthma attacks by starting early treatment, which will mean fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations, if any.
In the past, doctors allowed children to breathe through a tube called a peak flow meter to measure their exhaust volume. These days, more and more doctors are asking you to look at your child’s behavior and look for specific symptoms to see where he or she is.
Action Plan Zones
Your baby’s doctor will help you create the right plan. Most use a simple robot-like system: green for “go,” yellow for “alert,” and red for “stop – danger!” See how your child fits into each color space, and you’ll know how to respond.
This is where you want your child to be. You will know they are in the green if:
- Is easy to breathe
- You do not cough or breathe
- They can do their normal activities
- Sleep all night without coughing
If you can say “yes” to those four things, they do well. There is no need to stop them from their normal routine. Let them enjoy school activities and playtime, too.
Even when they are doing well, continue with their usual medications. Your doctor might call it a “control” drug because it keeps asthma in check longer. Make sure you follow the dosage instructions and the duration.
Think of this section as a great yellow “watch” sign. You will know that your child can be here if:
- They look like they are out of breath
- You have trouble performing their normal duties
- He has a strong feeling in their chest
- You wake up at night with respiratory problems
If they have any or all of these, make sure they take their regular medication and any additional medications recommended by their doctor. They may also offer you some quick relief when your child has symptoms, called paralysis.
What should you do if the medication does not help? It depends on your system. Your doctor may tell you to take doses or call their office. Either way, remember that your goal is to get your child back to normal.
This place means DANGER. Call your doctor right away if your child is in this area. Your plan can ask them to take their rescue medication. If you think the symptoms are severe, do not hesitate to call 911.
Here’s what you can watch:
- They breathe hard and fast.
- Their noses are very open.
- They have trouble walking.
- They do not speak well.
- Their ribs show.
Your doctor should give you a step-by-step plan outlining exactly what you should do daily to prevent the rash, what to do if your child has a flare-up and what steps you can take before exercising to prevent inflammation. up. The plan is different for each child. In time, families learn to discern when to start treatment and to call for help.
Keep Schedule Near
Keep it where everyone in the house can see it. Also give a copy to everyone who cares for your child, including:
- Kindergarten teachers or staff
- School nurses
- Camp counselors
- Other family members
Make sure it is up to date
Review your plan with your child’s doctor at least once every 6 months. If they are usually in the yellow zone, check that their medication is taking them correctly and using them correctly. They may need to take a higher dose to control asthma.
If your doctor transfers your child to a new drug or increases the dose, note the procedure. Then, provide a new copy for everyone who needs it.
Your app will not “cure” your baby’s asthma, but it can make a big difference in how we keep it under control. These simple rules can give you peace of mind when breathing problems arise.
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