Stay with a daily routine. Make treatment part of
normal, daily activities to help your child adjust to the condition and take
responsibility for managing treatment. Your child could, for example, get used
to taking medicine before brushing his or her teeth.
Check your child's symptoms. If your child is old
enough to understand the process, teach him or her what symptoms to watch for
and how to check the peak expiratory flow. Help your child understand how to
follow his or her asthma action plan.
Inform others in your child's life about asthma. Inform the principal, school nurse, teachers, and coaches
at your child's school that your child has asthma. Give the staff a copy of
your child's asthma action plan so that they can help your child to take his or
her medicine and will know what to do during an asthma attack. Encourage your
child to participate in exercise and sports. Asthma, when well controlled,
should not prevent your child from participating in sports and other physical
It is important to treat your child's asthma
attacks quickly. If your child does not improve soon after treating an attack,
talk with a doctor.
During attacks, stay calm and soothe your
child. This may help your child relax and breathe more
Don't underestimate or overestimate how severe your child's
asthma is. It is often hard to know how much breathing difficulty a baby or
small child is having. Seek medical care early for babies and small children
with asthma symptoms.