Asthma and allergy attacks in children can be scary for everyone involved. When an asthma attack is triggered by an environmental stimulus or stress response, your child may start wheezing or struggling to breathe. It’s essential that you take the right steps to protect your child’s health during an asthma attack.
Talk to Dr. Gyula Soos at Dr. Soos Pediatrics about putting together an emergency action plan for your child’s asthma attacks. When you have the knowledge and planning you need, you can respond more quickly and effectively to your child’s distress.
Dr. Soos has extensive experience working with pediatric asthma patients and their families from his Dublin, Georgia office. This summer, let Dr. Soos help you and your child handle asthma attacks and flare ups. Here’s what Dr. Soos wants his patients’ families to understand about dealing with an asthma attack.
Tip: Understand your child’s asthma
If your child has asthma, your child’s body reacts unnecessarily to a trigger like pollen, other allergens, or physical or emotional stress. In an asthma attack, the airways in your child’s lungs narrow, restricting the supply of oxygen. Without enough oxygen, your child could experience severe medical complications.
Dr. Soos may be able to help identify the specific triggers that set off your child’s asthma. With planning, you may be able to avoid situations that make an asthma attack more likely.
Tip: Use your asthma action plan
Your asthma action plan from Dr. Soos Pediatrics will cover what you should do when an asthma attack does occur for your child. These will depend on the exact details of your child’s condition, as well as their age.
Lots of summer activities, from summer sports to time outdoors, can increase your child’s risk of setting off an asthma attack. That’s why it’s so important to have an asthma action plan, that gives you concrete steps to follow in a crisis situation.
If your child is having a very hard time breathing, is coughing constantly, vomits, or has blue lips or fingers during an attack, seek emergency care right away. If your child isn’t in an emergency situation, but still shows signs of an asthma attack like coughing or trouble breathing, continue to follow your child’s asthma action plan, and let Dr. Soos know about the event.
Tip: Track medication management
Medications can reduce the inflammation in your child’s airways and get needed air to struggling lungs.
Dr. Soos may recommend that your child use a quick-relief or rescue inhaler to deliver asthma-targeting medications for short-term relief of an asthma attack. If your child uses a rescue inhaler, keep track of how many puffs your child needs to use a week.
For younger toddlers and infants, a metered dose inhaler or nebulizer is needed to deliver the right dosage.
Your child may also need long-term asthma control medications like inhaled corticosteroids. Medications can help your child’s body adjust to allergens and asthma triggers, calming the overactive response and lessening the frequency and intensity of asthma attacks.
For summertime pediatric asthma support, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Soos Pediatrics. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Soos over the phone, or go online to book now.