Be honest with your child about asthma. Remember, as your child grows, that independence is an important goal. Children with asthma don't want to be different. But they need guidance and supervision.
Toddlers. This age group relies completely on the parents. These children understand little about asthma. The most important factor with this age group is to try to make medicine time fun. But you must also stress the importance of taking the medicines. Let children help in any way possible.
School-age. These children are more able to understand asthma. They should be taught about their medicines and how to stay away from their triggers. They should begin to watch their own symptoms.
Teens. Often, teens resist taking long-term (chronic) medicines. They also don't like restrictions and don't want to be different. Involve teens in every part of asthma management. They should help with goal setting and help decide which medicines work best. An asthma care contract can be used. It should allow for teen self-care while allowing overall parental supervision.
Having asthma doesn't mean having less fun than other teens. It is important for your teen to tell his or her friends about their triggers.
Always talk with your child's healthcare provider if you or your child has questions or concerns.