Asthma and Your Child, How To Manage It
By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
December 23, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: Asthma  

You must have a pediatrician that can provide your child with the asthma treatment they need.

Has your child been wheezing and having trouble catching their breath? If so, they could be dealing with asthma. Your child must visit our Nashville, TN, pediatricians for an evaluation if you notice the warning signs of asthma. If your child has already been diagnosed with asthma, our team of pediatricians can provide you with a treatment plan that addresses their symptoms.

How do you manage childhood asthma?

Since asthma is a chronic condition, no medication can cure this problem but there are ways for our Nashville, TN, pediatricians to get your child’s symptoms under control. It’s important to talk with your doctor about specific treatment goals. For example, you may want to reduce the number of times your child needs their fast-acting inhaler, or you may want to reduce the number of sick days your child has to take from school. Discuss these goals with your pediatrician before creating your treatment plan.

Here are some things you will need to manage your child’s asthma,

  • Create a detailed Asthma Action Plan with your child’s doctor. This plan will include a list of your child’s medication and doses, what triggers their asthma, recording of regular peak flow measurements, and emergency contacts.
  • Know your child’s asthma triggers, which can help to reduce exposure. Common asthma triggers include smoke, cold air, stress, exercise, pet dander, and outdoor allergens.
  • The best way to reduce inflammation of the airways is by making sure that your child is taking their asthma medication every day, exactly as directed. More than likely, they will receive two types of medications: a long-term controlling medication and a fast-acting medication. The long-term inhaler is used daily to keep inflammation down, while a fast-acting inhaler is only used when symptoms of an attack flare-up.

Here at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County, our goal is to make sure that your child always gets the proper treatment and care they need from our Nashville, TN, pediatricians. If you want to discuss your child’s asthma treatment options, give us a call today at (615) 329-3595.