honest with your child about asthma. As your child grows, remember that independence
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.
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 their friends about their triggers.
Always talk with your child's healthcare provider if you or your child has questions