Being a parent is no easy task, what with football practice, endless laundry and homework (that you don’t necessarily understand) on your mind. Then, there’s the dreaded musical instrument phase, and the top 40 on the radio is no longer the soundtrack to your evening because it’s been replaced by pitchy renditions of Greensleeves. We’ve all been there.
However, having to think about all of this when you have a child with asthma is even more challenging. You’re not only packing their lunch and making sure their shoes are on the right feet, but checking to see if they’ve got their inhaler and watching out for unusually frequent coughing.
Whether your child is at nursery, primary school or secondary school, it’s important to help them understand asthma and make sure they know what to do when the symptoms make an appearance. Why? We’re glad you asked.
Once they have a better understanding of asthma, your child will feel more confident and less frightened should the symptoms make themselves known. If your child understands the condition, they’ll be able to explain it to those who don’t - be it children at the bus stop or in the playground. In turn, they’ll soon realise that there’s no need to feel embarrassed.
Explaining the condition to your little ones will encourage them to take asthma more seriously, and they will know not to ignore any symptoms. This will mean your kids will be more disciplined when it comes to taking their medicine. If they understand the severity of asthma, they’ll realise how important it is to remember their inhaler.
If your child knows what to expect, how to react and who to speak to should his or her symptoms arise when they’re away from home, you’ll both be reassured when apart from each other. Knowing that your child has a strong understanding of asthma will also allow you to relax and get on with your day without worrying.
Ultimately, there’s only so much you can do to manage asthma – be it your child’s or your own. The Sensio AIR medical advisory board advocates the use of prevention as opposed to over-treatment of patients, so be sure to take the appropriate steps to stop the signs of asthma before they start. Start by ensuring your home is dust and fur-free, void of unnecessary household chemicals and monitored by an accurate air quality monitor.