honest with your child about asthma. Remember, as your child grows, that independence is
an important goal. Children with asthma don't want to be different. But they need
guidance and supervision.
Toddlers. This age group relies completely on the parents. These
children understand little about asthma. The most important factor with this age
group is to try to make medicine time fun. But you must also stress the importance
of taking the medicines. Let children help in any way possible.
School-age. These children are more able to understand asthma. They should
be taught about their medicines and how to stay away from their triggers. They
should begin to watch their own symptoms.
Teens. Often, teens resist taking long-term (chronic) medicines. They also
don't like restrictions and don't want to be different. Involve teens in every
part of asthma management. They should help with goal setting and help decide
which medicines work best. An asthma care contract can be used. It should allow
for teen self-care while allowing overall parental supervision.
Having asthma doesn't mean having less fun than other teens. It is important for
your teen to tell his or her friends about their triggers.
Always talk with your child's healthcare provider if you or your child has questions or