Dr. Beth Hart Discusses Managing Asthma in Children

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I think asthma is preventative and I always
tell parents that my job is to keep you out of the ER and my job is to keep you
out of the hospital and I think a lot of asthma is education. Educate the parent on
the physiology of it, so they can understand why they give medicines, when
they give medicines. They’re not confused because my job is for you to leave my
office and understand, you know, that your four-year-old has asthma and that you’re
supposed to take this medicine at this time and this medicine at this time and
why you are doing that because I think if you understand why you’re doing that you
you’ll do it better. Is the parent compliant in making sure that the child
is taking the medicines to prevent asthma and we all are very good about taking, giving
the child medicines that treat asthma at that time but what we want to do is prevent it.
So, do they understand how to give those medicines and are they watching their
children take them. So, I always tell parents to put it on the dinner table
and have them, you know, take it before dinner and then brush your teeth and then
have them take before breakfast and then brush your teeth then you can watch them
take it you know they’ve taken it and they have taken it correctly. I mean hopefully
you’ll avoid all of those kind of exacerbations and hospitalizations, and
ER visits.

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