Successful and effective asthma care comes down to three equally important components: Controlling asthma triggers, monitoring asthma flare ups and lung function, and educating children and parents about when and how to properly use asthma medications.
Allergy triggers are environmental factors that can lead to or worsen an asthma attack. The most common allergy triggers are respiratory infections, exposure to allergens like food allergies, pet dander, pollen and dust, irritants like tobacco, aerosol air fresheners and hair spray, increased physical activity in the form of sports or exercise, and cold air associated with winter time.
Children and parents should limit exposure to these triggers, and eliminate them completely where feasible. We will spend time with you and your child, educating and re-educating you on proper technique of medication administration until you have refined your technique and feel confident managing your child’s allergies at home.
Exercise and physical activity are one particular exception to the general rule of avoidance. We will help you and your child develop an asthma plan of care to prevent or lessen exercise-related symptoms.
Our healthcare providers may ask you and your child to fill out a questionnaire or keep a daily asthma journal so that we can begin to establish patterns and rule out non problematic environmental factors. These journals can also serve to help physicians determine if their original plan of care needs to be adjusted, as sometimes happens seasonally with sufferers of asthma and allergies alike.
Based on your child’s symptoms and severity of asthma we will develop an asthma action plan. This asthma action plan will help guide parents on how to treat asthma symptoms that begin at home and manage asthma in the most effective way.