Dealing with asthma is difficult. What more if your patient is a fragile child?
Unfortunately, childhood asthma is very common worldwide. Naturally, asthma occurs during the early stages of life and stays up until the adult years. In some countries, asthma is the primary cause of hospitalization among children. That means the severity of attacks can be no kinder than what adult asthmatics experience.
If you are a parent of an asthmatic child, you must try to learn as much as you can about the condition and how you can be of help to your child’s asthma treatment plan. If you child is way too young to communicate how he feels or how the condition is affecting him, you will be his spokesperson. You will be the important facilitator that will make treatment of asthma and management possible.
You must also remember that asthma behaves differently over time. This means that your child’s treatment plan may be an ever-changing field. You need to bring your child not once to see a physician. He needs to be closely monitored so the doctor can see to it that his symptoms are controlled and that, he experiences none of the severe side effects that asthma medications may possibly bring about. Often times, devising a treatment plan for asthma in children is a trial-and-error process. Before getting to the best asthma management plan, you need to try out a few different things to get to the perfect fit.
Coping with the Emotional Burden
Asthma is a life-changing condition. It may affect your child in more ways than one. The heaviest may be the emotional burden that comes with the limitations imposed by the disease. Asthmatics should not be exposed to the irritants that may activate their attack. In this case, you child will probably have limited movements, which may take a toll on his temper.
Always be ready to talk to your child about his “difference” from other children and be patient in explaining why he needs to do some things and not be able to do some others. Helping your child understand all about his condition, the dangers and limitations that come with it will definitely make him feel better. You must never wait another moment to make your child feel better, especially since emotional stress may also cause an episode of an attack.
What to Do During an Emergency
One of the most stressful things that come with asthma in children is dealing with an emergency. As a parent, you must learn what to do during a situation like that to make sure that you are not putting your child’s life in danger. Find all the help that you need from your child’s physician as well as from numerous support groups intended to parents of children with asthma. Since you are carrying the burden along with your child, you will need a strong support system that will guide you through. With childhood asthma being very common, it is not too hard to find a parent going through the same misery as yours.