What Can I Do to Help With My Child's Asthma Management?
You can help your child with asthma keep it under control. For example, you can:
- Take your child to the doctor for regular checkups and treatment.
- Schedule your child for a flu shot.
- Make sure your child has an asthma action plan and that he or she knows how to follow it.
- Help your child learn about asthma and how to control it.
- Help your child learn what things or situations cause his or her asthma symptoms and how to avoid them, if possible (see Asthma Triggers).
- Protect your child from tobacco smoke by not smoking and not allowing people to smoke in your home.
- Find ways to reduce your child's exposure to allergens that bring on asthma attacks, such as pollen, dust mites, cockroaches, or animal dander.
- Make sure your child knows how to take his or her asthma medication correctly (if your child is old enough to use an inhaler without your help).
- Make sure that your child uses a peak flow meter to help monitor and control asthma.
- Encourage your child to take part in physical activity. Work together to keep his or her asthma under control. Your child can be active.
- Talk to your child's other caregivers, teachers, or coaches about his or her asthma; give them copies of your child's action plan for asthma.