Asthma in Children - Exams and Tests
You need to
monitor your child's condition and have regular
checkups to keep asthma under control and to review and possibly update your
asthma action plan. The frequency of checkups depends
on how your child's asthma is
classified. Checkups are recommended:
- About every 6 to 12 months for children who have
intermittent or mild persistent asthma that has been
under control for at least 3 months.
- Every 3 to 4 months for
children who have
moderate persistent asthma.
- Every 1 to 2
months for children who have uncontrolled or
severe persistent asthma.
During checkups, your doctor will ask you and your child
whether symptoms and
peak expiratory flow have held steady, improved, or
become worse. He or she will also ask about asthma attacks during exercise, at
night, or after laughing or crying hard. You and your child track this
information in an
Your child may be asked to bring the
peak expiratory flow meter and inhaler to an
appointment so your doctor can see how he or she uses them. Based on the
results, your child's asthma category may change. And your doctor may change
the medicines your child uses or how much medicine he or she uses.
Tests to identify triggers
If your child has
persistent asthma and takes medicine every day, your doctor may ask about his
or her exposure to substances (allergens) that cause an allergic
reaction. For more information about tests for allergies, see the topic