WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS BREATHING PROBLEMS

When your child has breathing problems, the information can get overwhelming. Here are a few tips on getting started with your child and asthma:

  • Check with your doctor.
  • If you suspect your child has asthma, have your child checked by your pediatrician or family doctor.
  • Some simple tests can be conducted and your doctor will prescribe medicines.
  • Develop an asthma action plan.

If your child is diagnosed with asthma, the next step is to ask your doctor for an asthma action plan for your child. A good action plan addresses three main topics:

  1. What to do when your child is feeling fine
  2. What to do when your child is not feeling so good
  3. What to do for your child in an asthma emergency

Share your asthma action plan.
If your child is old enough to understand, explain the asthma action plan to your child.
Share the asthma action plan with family members and caregivers at school, daycare, etc.
Make sure all adult caregivers understand what to do and have the necessary emergency contact information (your phone number, the doctor’s phone number, etc.)
Hang a copy of the asthma action plan in your home in a place where everyone can see it.

Don’t worry–enact your plan.
Encourage your child to share with you how he/she feels. Make your own observations. This will help you get a sense of when your child is doing well or starting to feel poorly.
Partner with your doctor to communicate concerns, ask questions, adjust medicines, and get preventive care for your child.
Partner with your child’s other caregivers to monitor how your child is doing.
Following these tips can give you a good start on helping your child with asthma stay healthy. You can feel confident and your calmness will help your child to feel confident, too.

Take advantage of these online resources to learn more about asthma and children: