April showers may bring beautiful May flowers, but those budding springtime flowers can also aggravate your child’s asthma. This can make it a tough season for some. Childhood asthma is actually pretty common, with about 6 million cases reported by the Center of Disease Control. Parents, if you think your child has asthma, Hospitality Health ER wants to prepare you with a few warning signs and tips on how to be proactive.
How Can I Tell if My Child Has Asthma? Signs of Childhood Asthma
Although wheezing is the symptom most commonly associated with asthma, there are other symptoms that you should be on the lookout for. Here are some of them:
- Chronic cough that doesn’t respond to cough suppressants
- Rapid breathing
- Chest tightness, especially in the morning
- Exercise intolerance
- Difficulty sleeping
If your child is asthmatic, you may notice that they have less stamina than other children. Does your child tend to avoid sports and other physical activities because they don’t want to cough? Do they complain of chest pain and shortness of breath when they’re outdoors or being active? If so, you may want to take them to the doctor.
How Can I Be Prepared If My Child Has Asthma?
First, partner closely with your child’s pediatrician to come up with the best plan for your child and learn how to administer medications. Stay in tune with what triggers asthma flare-ups. Here are other life-saving tips to get you going.
#1. Write down type (nebulizer or oral corticosteroids), frequency, and doses of asthma medications. Post it somewhere visible, so that anyone can help in case of an emergency. Talk to all family members and babysitters about the child’s medication.
#2. Make sure your child has easy access to their asthma medication and that they’re trained to react and use their medication (if they’re capable).
#3. Take note of the closest emergency room wherever you are, even if you are traveling.
#4. Talk to your child about avoiding things that trigger their asthma.
#5. Partner with anyone who will have your child in their care: teachers, bus drivers, coaches, and babysitters. Make sure they are trained to respond if your child has an asthma attack.
Because asthma can be a life-threatening medical condition, Hospitality Health ER tells parents, “When in doubt, get checked out.” When it comes to health, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Learn more about asthma and how air pollution can affect the lungs at Hospitality Health ER’s blog.