How to Help Children Cope with Asthma

Don't let asthma beat you.

Steps

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    Follow the child's medication schedule. Staying on a regular schedule is important for staying on top of the asthma.
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    Make medication time positive. Talk with your child, play games or do silly things, and take time to listen to them. It may also help to do something the child likes after medication, such as eating dessert or watching TV. This will help them associate medication with positive feelings, and they will look forward to taking their meds so they can move on to fun.
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    Encourage healthy eating. Prepare fruits and vegetables that your child enjoys eating. Keep healthy snacks such as bowls of fruit, granola bars, sweet potato slices, and string cheese. Act like a role model and fill 1/3 of your plate with fruits and vegetables.
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    Find activities that your child can safely enjoy. Maybe running games are out of the question, but going for walks or playing at the playground is okay. Make exercise fun and relaxed so your child will look forward to it.
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    Keep inhalers close by at all times. When going out, grab an inhaler along with your keys and put it in your purse or pocket. Make sure that you know where the inhaler is, in case an asthma attack occurs, so you don't have to scramble for it.
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    Stay calm during an asthma attack. Your reaction will set the tone for your child. If you treat it matter-of-factly and gently, it will help your child stay calm. If they seem scared or upset, offer hugs and comfort.
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    Keep communication open. Listen to your child, and check up on them if they seem stressed. Practice patience and good listening skills to help them know that it's okay for them to tell you what's on their mind. This will let you know if they're having a bad asthma day or if they're struggling emotionally.

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Categories: Asthma