If your child experiences breathing problems from asthma or allergies, you need to know what to do right away.
Our team at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA, not only diagnoses children accurately, but we provide treatment as well.
Knowing how to help your child during an episode when they can’t breathe can keep you calm and confident. We have proactive steps for you to take if your child has an asthma attack or an allergic reaction that causes their air pathways to start failing. We can also recommend how to help your child avoid triggers.
Here are some ways to remedy your child’s struggle to breathe if they have asthma or experience an allergic reaction.
Treatments for your child’s asthma and allergies
When your child has shortness of breath or has a cough that interferes with their play, school activities or classes, or sleep, you need some strategies on how to help them cope and overcome their health struggle.
Our recommendations include:
Keep your child’s routine doctor’s appointments
At Northeast Pediatric Associates PA, we stay invested in the health of your child. If your child takes prescription medication or needs an inhaler, we stay on top of their treatment plan to make sure your child gets the best care.
Depending on the nature of your child’s condition, we may need to see your child one or two months after their first visit to ensure our treatment plan is working. After that, we might ask to see your child every three months for a year to see if their symptoms are improving.
Have a written plan
It’s easy to panic if your child can’t breathe. That’s why a written plan for handling emergency situations can help. When you feel fearful or out of control, you can lean on your written words to help you know what to do. You should also provide a written plan of action for school nurses and coaches of your child’s sports activities.
The plan should be simple to read and understandable. It should also contain specific details on how to monitor your child’s asthma or allergies. For example, if your child starts feeling sick or has a flare-up that triggers breathing issues, your plan can instruct how to adjust certain medications and when to see the doctor.
It’s possible to help your child avoid triggers altogether.
We not only develop a plan of action for your child in crisis situations, but we also work to create a plan that causes a change in their treatments to help avoid crises in the future. For example, if your child has medications or treatments that respond to immediate situations, your child might also need long-term medication to keep their symptoms under control.
Limit your child’s exposure to triggers and allergens
If you know the allergens that affect your child, then do your best to limit their exposure to them. We understand that seasonal allergies can be hard to avoid. If that’s the case, we may recommend that they increase certain medications during that time.
If your child is allergic to strong household cleaners, change your products to fragrance-free and toxin-free. Take simple steps to keep your child free from the root cause of a reaction.
If your child suffers from breathing issues from asthma or allergies, schedule an appointment at the location nearest you in San Antonio, Northcentral San Antonio, Schertz, or Castroville, Texas. We can help your child feel better with an accurate diagnosis and a personal, effective treatment plan.