When your child has asthma, the airways and lungs become inflamed easily once exposed to specific triggers like pollen or dust mites, or when battling some kind of respiratory infection. Asthma in children could result in intensely worrisome symptoms daily that interfere with sleep, play, school, and sports.
In some kids, uncontrolled asthma could result in potentially fatal asthma attacks. In addition, childhood asthma isn’t curable and symptoms could persist, on and off for some, into adulthood. With proper management, however, you can help your child manage their symptoms and prevent further damage to their still-developing lungs.
Besides working with Dr. Alexandra Kostur or Dr. Roman Criollo, your pediatricians here at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, to manage childhood asthma, these practical guidelines for avoiding your child’s asthma triggers can help prevent dangerous attacks:
- Limit your child’s exposure to triggers. Explain to your child why they need to avoid their triggers, whether it be pet dander, pollen, dust mites, or others. Help and teach them how to avoid these allergens.
- Make asthma management a routine part of daily life. If your child needs to take asthma medicines daily, don’t fuss over it; it must be as normal as brushing teeth.
- Keep your indoor air as clean as possible. Make sure to have a professional check and maintain your heating and air conditioning system annually. Change your air conditioner and furnace filters according to the instructions of the manufacturer and consider outfitting your ventilation system with a particle filter.
- Visit your pediatrician whenever necessary. Don’t ignore warning signs that may indicate your child’s asthma isn’t as controlled as it should be. Keep in mind that asthma could change over time, so check in with your child’s pediatrician in Jacksonville, FL, as needed to keep your child’s asthma symptoms in check.
- Encourage physical activity. Regular physical activity could help your child’s lungs function more efficiently, considering that their asthma is properly managed.
- Make sure your child has a detailed asthma action plan. This plan should be created with your child’s pediatrician, understood by your child, and shared with relevant people, including your child’s close family members, teachers, care providers, family friends, and coaches. Keep a copy of the plan with your child at all times, especially when they’re younger. Observing your child’s asthma action plan could aid you and your child in identifying symptoms as early as possible and provide vital details on treating symptoms from day to day as well as dealing with an attack.
For More Help in Managing Your Child’s Asthma, Call Us
Dial (904) 446-9991 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Alexandra Kostur or Dr. Roman Criollo here at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL.