Helpless. That’s how you feel when you have a child with asthma. About 7 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma, and the numbers keep rising. Managing asthma for a child is very difficult especially since they are dependent on you to make the right decisions for them. As a parent, the first thing to do after your child receives an asthma diagnosis is to learn as much as you can about the condition, become an expert and create an asthma action plan.
One thing that can help is to notice triggers of asthma symptoms and work out a plan to avoid those triggers. Talk to your child’s doctor to make sure you are using the right preventive medicine and emergency reliever in case of an asthma attack. The most important thing to do is to teach your child how to manage his/her asthma symptoms. You and your child should stay vigilant of the early warning signs of an asthma attack and treat them accordingly.
Lastly, surround your child and yourself with the right support. It is important to involve everyone that is responsible for the care of your child (i.e. teachers, principals, grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc.). Communicate the best ways to manage asthma symptoms and the proper use of the medications. You won’t be with them all the time, and an asthma attack can happen anytime, anywhere.
The exact causes of asthma are not yet known, and there is no cure. However, following an action plan can help your child manage the symptoms. At Clinical Site Partners, we aim to understand and tackle asthma. If your child has asthma, consider a research study at FPRI as an option. Those that qualify are evaluated by board-certified physicians and may receive study-related care and medication at no cost. In addition to learning more about how to manage the asthma symptoms, you have access to possible new treatment options. Compensation is also available for time and travel expenses.