Being the parent of a child with asthma can be very scary. Watching your little one struggle to breath by no fault of their own, can send a sense of panic, dread, and helplessness to you. The following article will give you some tips to help you cope with raising an asthmatic child.
Your asthma should be well under control to prevent attacks. The fact is that maintenance and prevention are the best ways to avoid crisis. Having a working relationship with your doctor or specialist will keep you on top of your symptoms and on the medication that works with your specific needs.
If you suffer from asthma, strong cleaning products should be avoided. The chemicals in many cleaning products will trigger asthma attacks or symptoms. While anyone responsible for cleaning their home can’t avoid cleaning products altogether, it’s best to only use natural products.
Some medications are known to cause asthma symptoms. Some NSAIDs and aspirin might do this. There are some beta blockers that are given to those trying to control their heart disease or who have high blood pressure that may be harmful to an asthmatic, as well. Tell your doctor if you are an asthmatic and you are using these medications.
Sometimes it is easy to get caught without your inhaler. If you feel and asthma attack coming on, but you don’t have your inhaler handy to deal with it, consume some caffeine. Coffee, tea, energy drinks, or whatever you can find. The caffeine will open up your airways and make it easier to breathe.
A flu vaccination can be great for people struggling with asthma. If you have asthma, you will want to avoid and sinus or respiratory infections. These infections can be caused by the flu. Having an infection could greatly increase your chances of having asthma attacks. A flu vaccination may help prevent this.
Having the proper medications and treatments for your asthma is very important. If you need to use your inhaler more than once a day, or are awakened by symptoms more than twice a week, it may be time to switch to a more controlling medicine that can prevent your symptoms.
Quick relief or preventative treatment inhalers are medicines that need to be administered properly. Make sure you breath deeply into your lungs as you depress the inhaler. Hold the medication in your lungs for at least 3 to 5 seconds before you exhale allowing it to take better effect.
Limit contact with animals, especially long-haired indoor/outdoor pets. Many people with asthma also suffer from diagnosed or undiagnosed animal hair allergies. Even if you aren’t allergic to animal fur or dander, long-haired animals that spend time outdoors will track in dirt and dust that can trigger an asthma attack or otherwise exacerbate asthma symptoms.
As stated in the article above, being the parent of a child with asthma can be a very scary thing. As a parent, it can be hard to watch your child gasping for air, and knowing there is not much you can do to help them. Hopefully this article has given you some good tips for coping with raising an asthmatic child, and making the best of it.