Asthma in Children – a chronic condition
Asthma is the most common chronic condition of childhood. Children with asthma tend to have symptoms that come and go. Allergens may set off a flare-up one day, and then another day they will not. Second-hand smoke is a dangerous asthma trigger for children often causing flare ups. Children tend to ‘grow out’ of asthma during puberty.
Affecting around 10% of the population in Australia, Asthma makes it harder to breathe, as a result of various triggers such as inflammation, constriction and extra mucous. The majority of children have mild or very mild asthma.
Be sure to keep track of your child’s asthma symptoms. It’s vital to accurately inform your doctor and ensure they receive the most effective treatment. Make a note of the symptoms – are they:
- what are the triggers that seem to make the asthma worse
- how often do they need their reliever puffer
- how often do they use their preventer puffer
- are they taking any other medications
Who can help you manage your child’s asthma?
- Your doctor – may prepare an Asthma Action Plan, help determine asthma triggers, discuss medication options and frequency of checkups.
- Our friendly Practice nurses can assist you and your child with correct inhaler / spacer technique
- A specialist may need to be involved if your child’s asthma is hard to control or their symptoms become severe.
Asthma Action Plan
An Asthma Action Plan is prepared by your doctor or nurse and outlines what you need to do to help your child remain in control of their asthma. The plan includes information on:
- The medication your child needs to take, and the dosages
- How to tell if your child’s asthma is getting worse
- What to do if your child has an asthma attack
Asthma Actions Plans are updated every 6-12 months.
We can help to identify asthma triggers by conducting Allergy Testing at the practice for children over 2 years old.