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What do I need to know about caring for someone with asthma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If you care for a child with asthma, work with your child's doctor to create an asthma action plan that highlights daily medications, triggers, and "rescue" drugs.

You can eliminate triggers in the home such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, certain chemicals, and food preservatives such as sulfites. Wash your child's stuffed animals and blankets in hot water regularly. If exercise is a trigger, keep an eye on your child's breathing when they play. At school, speak with your child's teacher to determine how you can make school safer. Your child's teacher and school nurse should know about your child's triggers and what to do in case of an attack.

Teach your child how to monitor their breathing and use their inhaler. Let them know that there is a lot they can do to control their asthma. Sometimes your child may feel sad or embarrassed about having asthma. Try to remind them what they can do instead of what they can't do. Reassure your child that their teachers, coaches, and other adults are there to help.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.