When your child has asthma, as a parent it is your responsibility to ensure s/he knows exactly what is going on.
It may not be scary for him when it starts, but as the time goes by, s/he may become worried and depressed, if s/he doesn’t understand the whys and wherefores.
As your child will have to deal with asthma throughout his/her life, it is best to take the secrecy out of what is wrong with their respiratory system and involve them in the aspects of the treatment.
Don’t go behind closed doors with doctors or teachers because this may scare them even more.
Discuss the child’s health condition with him/her and explain that it is nothing to be depressed about. Let them know that they are the same wonderful kids as they have always been, but things will be a little different from now.
Useful tips to prepare your kids for an asthma attack
- Educate your kids about the most serious asthma attacks. Some children may experience only minor difficulties with breathing, while others have most serious and intense asthma attacks. To be on safe side, explain the most serious asthma symptoms to them. But remember, don’t scare them!
- Warn your child that whenever s/he has tightness or heaviness in the chest, s/he should get help for the asthma attack. Whenever s/he is not able to draw even a short breath or if s/he suffers with profuse perspiration, s/he should seek help from you or from teachers at school.
- Explain how to use a rescue inhaler, when the problem is serious. This is slightly different from a steroid inhaler and works more quickly. It gives your child effective relief even after strenuous exercise. If your child keeps a rescue inhaler with him at all times, s/he’ll be more likely to recover from asthma more quickly.
- Warn your child not to overexert himself, as this may bring on an asthma attack. When s/he feels winded or light-headed, make sure that your child knows to stop what he’s doing and catch his/her breath.
Make sure your child has a proper daily diet with all essential nutrients required to control asthma. Talk to your doctor and follow his/her advice to help make an asthma-suffering child’s life easier.