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How to Better Manage Your Child's Asthma

How to Better Manage Your Child's Asthma

More than 7 million kids in North America live with asthma. In 2010 there were 640,000 asthma-related ER visits from kids under age 15. Unfortunately, parents may not know how to manage a child’s asthma -- and too often the youngster isn’t given medication until an attack sends mother and child racing to the emergency room.

But asthma needs to be managed every day, even when your child isn’t having symptoms such as fatigue, wheezing or congestion. Daily, long-term control medications can prevent attacks and reduce the need for a rescue inhaler. If your child is using the rescue inhaler more than twice a week then you need to talk to the doctor about improving your child’s treatment. You can start by identifying your child’s particular triggers  -- mold, dust, car exhaust, pollen? -- and finding ways to minimize exposure to them.

You can also help your child stick to a daily long-term control plan by taking a look at “EPA Asthma Puffs”; “EPA Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma”; and the American Lung Association’s “Open Airways for School” program. Search for those titles online and then make an appointment with a doctor who specializes in children’s asthma. You and your child will both breathe easier!