Being diagnosed with asthma can be a frightening time for both kids and their parents. Whether it’s severe or mild, thankfully, there are many ways you can help your child to cope with their illness without too much difficulty.
However, it is important you remember that every child is different and that you should always talk to your doctor if they are struggling to manage their asthma.
One of the most effective ways to stave off an attack is to avoid triggers as much as possible. While it is important to remember that every kid is different, the most common triggers include second-hand smoke, pets with fur or feathers, exercise, pollen and air quality.
Teach them to self-manage
While it is important you monitor your child’s medication intake, it is just as important to give them an opportunity to manage it themselves somewhat. This can help them feel in control of the situation and therefore less frightened about it. Take them to the doctor who will be able to talk them through what they need to do - they might also be able to provide you with an action plan.
Be in control when faced with an attack
It is important you stay in control when faced with an attack so that your child doesn’t become frightened. Why not talk about what might happen when they experience an attack so they be better prepared for it and less likely to panic.
Encourage them to talk about it
If you don’t have asthma yourself it can be hard to understand what your little one is fearful of. However, this makes it more important to encourage your child to be open and honest about their fears so that you know how to help them.
Talk to others who have it
If your little one is the first in your home to be diagnosed with asthma they can feel lonely and isolated. If possible, try to encourage them to connect with others who have it – talk to their teacher or the school’s principal who might be able to point you in the right direction.
It is important to remember that asthma can be easily managed with the right medication.