Asthma and Children
For children, asthma can be a particularly difficult condition to manage. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of asthma in children is the first step in managing it. Common symptoms in children are the same, but they are usually more pronounced and frequent than those found in adults. They include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and difficulty exercising.
It is important to create an asthma action plan with a doctor in order to recognize and manage these symptoms. This plan should include information on how to recognize early signs of an asthma attack, how to take medication, and when to contact a doctor for further assistance.
School and daycare can pose unique challenges for children with asthma. It is essential for parents to work closely with teachers and daycare staff to ensure that their child’s asthma is managed properly. This includes educating staff members on the child’s asthma action plan, identifying triggers in the school or daycare environment, and teaching staff members how to recognize and respond to an asthma attack. Additionally, parents must provide their children with the appropriate medications to manage their asthma.