Asthma in Children - Treatment Overview
Go to checkups
Your child needs to
monitor his or her asthma and have regular checkups to
keep asthma under control and to ensure the right treatment. The frequency of
checkups depends on how your child's asthma is
Monitor peak flow
It is easy to underestimate the severity of your child's symptoms.
You may not notice them until his or her lungs are functioning at 50% of the
personal best peak expiratory flow (PEF).
PEF is a way to keep track of asthma symptoms at home. It can help you and your
child know when lung function is becoming worse before it drops to a
dangerously low level. This is done with a
peak flow meter.
- Asthma: Measuring Peak Flow
triggers increases symptoms. Try to avoid situations
that expose your child to irritants (such as smoke or air pollution) or
substances (such as
animal dander) to which he or she may be allergic. Using an air filter machine in your house reduces smoke and other particles in the air, which can help prevent asthma symptoms in children.9
- Asthma: Identifying Your Triggers
Get help for special concerns
things to think about in treating asthma include:
Know what to do if asthma gets worse
asthma is not improving, talk with your doctor
- Review your child's asthma diary to see if he or she has a new
or previously unidentified
trigger, such as
animal dander. Talk to your doctor about how best to
- Review your child's medicines to be sure he or she
is using the right ones and using them correctly.
- Review your child's
asthma action plan to be sure it is still right
for his or her condition.
- Find out whether your child has a
condition with symptoms similar to asthma, such as