When your child has asthma, managing it is a constant focus of attention. However, spring can be a particularly difficult time for kids with asthma, especially if they are among the 70 percent of children with asthma who have allergies. If your child has asthma, you can take steps to help prevent springtime asthma flare-ups that require emergency care and leave your child sidelined. Follow these tips to minimize the impact of asthma on your child this spring.
Review Your Child’s Treatment Plan
Meet with your child’s pediatric specialist to review his or her treatment plan before spring symptoms become worse. If you are satisfied that your treatment plan is adequate and the pediatrician doesn’t want to make any changes, then be sure your child takes all medications as prescribed. Getting off track in the asthma treatment plan can allow your child’s symptoms to worsen quickly.
Be Proactive About Allergies
The reason that asthma tends to get worse in the spring is the onslaught of pollen and other allergens in the air. If your child has springtime allergies, his or her pediatric specialist may recommend medications to control those symptoms before they flare up. Keep in mind that pollen tends to be at its highest concentration in the early to mid-morning hours, so restrict outdoor activity during that time as much as possible. After your child has been outside for an extended period, encourage him or her to shower and put his or her clothing in the laundry to rinse off allergens that are clinging to skin, hair, and fabric.
Have an Emergency Plan
Before your child experiences a worsening of symptoms or an asthma attack, have an action plan. Make sure your child knows where his or her rescue inhaler is and that everyone responsible for your child’s care does as well. Know which hospital you will go to when you need children’s emergency care so you can act quickly for a severe attack.
At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we offer emergency care in Las Vegas and pediatric specialists in pulmonology to make living with asthma just a little easier for kids. Do you need a referral to one of our physicians for your child? Call (702) 233-5437 for more information.