Childhood Asthma: What Can I Do About It?

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[MUSIC PLAYING] DR. WOLF: Asthma is not
curable and asthma does not go away. With taking
medication, with avoiding triggers, it is certainly
possible for the child to lead a normal life. BARBARA: Since Americans
spend more than 90% of their time indoors,
indoor allergens and irritants are a major
cause of asthma symptoms. DR. PALFREY: Parents can
work to prevent asthma by doing things in the home.
The number one is to make sure that nobody is
smoking in the household. The second thing is really
to identify whether there are any triggers like cat, dog,
dander, dust and mites. PAUL: If you have a pet,
the pet should not sleep in the bedroom with your child. DR. WOLF: Forced air heating
is a great source of many different kinds of
allergies and it’s probably a good idea to have ducts
cleaned professionally at least every two years. MAUREEN: Look for active
mold growing anywhere. Common places are in
the bathroom, in the kitchen under the sink. TIM’S MOM: My husband put
special carpeting in Timmy’s room. He put special
covers on the beds, special covers on the pillows.
We had a HEPA filter put in his room. So there’s no
dust mites, no allergens, no anything. Within two or
three days we saw a huge improvement in
Timmy’s breathing! BARBARA: Teaching children
to recognize early warning signs and when to
ask for help is an important step in preventing
asthma symptoms from getting worse. DR. WOLF: We need the child
to take the medication and in many instances
that requires parental supervision.
The medication is easy to take and there are no
or minimal side effects. DR. PALFREY: Controller
medicines are preventatives. They basically fight against
the inflammation inside the child’s lungs. It may seem
a little odd, the child is not wheezing, the child is fine,
why should I do this? But, it’s that controller
medicine that is fighting the inflammation. TRINITY: If I don’t take
my medicine, I might get sick again and then I got to go
to the hospital. TRINITY’S MOM: Her lungs could
just close on her and I could lose her within an
instant because I did not have her on the medicine. MAUREEN: Quick-relief
medication is medication that you use at the very first
sign of symptoms. Parents often wait too long.
Early intervention is the key, the longer we wait to treat
an episode the harder it is to reverse. DR. WOLF: If the child has
an acute asthma attack. They are having difficulty
completing a sentence, they’re obviously struggling
for breath, I would give them a breathing treatment and call
an ambulance immediately! TIFFANY: My medical routine
now is I take my inhaler day and night. I do use my quick
relief before I start any training, before I do any boxing matches.
And then I do a shot every four weeks that’s really controlling
my asthma a lot. DR. PALFREY: It’s really
important for the family to go in, meet with the teachers,
the school nurse, let them know that their child has asthma. PAUL: An asthma action plan
provides a color-coded approach to help the child
recognize when they are having acute symptoms.
It describes triggers and when a child should seek
medical attention. BARBARA: Managing your child’s
asthma is really a team effort between you, your child,
your health care provider and the school. Children with
asthma can live a healthy, active lifestyle with proper
treatment and management. [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC ENDS]

2 thoughts on “Childhood Asthma: What Can I Do About It?

  1. I HAVE A CURE FOR ASTHMA – stop eating gluten. Asthmatics are allergic to gluten. Only takes 1 week on a gluten-free diet to start feeling good. It worked for me. No more inhalers for me!

  2. Hi there,
    It has been three years since we put all our efforts, time and savings into the development of Meyko. It is a playful companion for asthmatic children, a cute and smart device that helps them take their treatments every day. It makes it more acceptable, more fun. Meyko also allows to keep track of medication intakes and complications through a mobile application. The treatment record sharing tool makes it easier for the doctor to do a good follow-up. We are trying to improve the lives of these families. We have worked with hundreds of families and the best children hospitals in France to design the best companion we could. We did small clinical trials that showed stunning results, we're looking forward to do a bigger. More info here :
    Have a nice day !

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