About Treating Asthma in Children

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In treating asthma in children, it's important to detect the condition early and to consider long-term medications, such as corticosteroids. Discover why it's important not to take signs of asthma for granted with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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Hello, I like to speak with you today regarding treating asthma in children. This is a very serious matter, it could be a lethal thing, that if it, it's not detected early and treated or if it's taken for granted; that they just became allergic to something and they'll be one time thing. If your child presents with the tightness of chest or breathing difficulties or they, even if it looks like they're allergic to something, the very first thing you should do is get a doctor, a Pulmonologist or go to your Pediatrician and have them diagnose this child properly and quickly. If it's an emergency room visit, then, have a follow up visit with your Pediatrician and if there's a Pediatric Pulmonologist that's also good. You want to make sure that the child is being treated, that it maybe that, it could be a trigger, it could be something that the child's allergic to. It could be cat hair, it could be dogs or horses or perfumes or foods or medicines or anything. But you won't know unless you discuss everything with your doctor according to what the child presented with, with the asthma at that time and try to date back and try to check back mentally of what the child was doing at that time. And also, the doctor will more than likely, if the child is old enough, to give them a peak flow meter. This is so important that you have your child own this, if it's a, old enough child that can be complaining, be able to listen and follow the instructions of how to take a deep breath and blow into a little peak flow meter so that you will know what the baseline is when the child that has normal daily routine and it not having any wheezing and then when the child begins to have some breathing problems and just everyday, you should keep a diary on this, have the child do this. Take the peak flow meter everyday and do it and then chart the findings, the readings on it so that you'll see if the child is headed for trouble. The decrease in the expectory flow rate will overflow with, will decrease as the child has asthma problems. Also, the child will probably be able to quick relief of medications; it might be a long term medications such as corticosteroids, steroids. But always know that you need to follow these medications with caution; don't just turn your child over to anyone in like a daycare or school with medications and just give them a quick run down on it. This is a very important matter. Your child is at risk with asthma so you want to make sure it gets early detection. Get your school personnel and notify, the child might even want to, you might want the child to wear a bracelet with what the child's allergic to, if that's the case. But big on education, the more you know about asthma, the more you follow the child with the doctor with the plan of action, of the more comply it that you are with the child, the child comply it with you and communicate with the doctor, the better you have a chance of managing the child's diagnosis and the asthma so the child will not get into trouble. So early detection, a good doctor and short things that you know that are important to that child and do good follow up. Thank you.

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