Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties. It affects people of all ages and often starts in childhood, although it can also develop for the first time in adults.
There’s currently no cure, but there are simple treatments and most people with asthma can live normal lives.
Day to day life can present itself with challenges but when properly managed young people with asthma can live normal lives.
Things you can do
- Correctly using your inhaler – Asthma UK has information about using your inhaler, and you can ask a nurse or GP for advice if you’re still not sure
- Regularly exercise
- Always check medication before giving it to your child -Some medication is unsuitable for people who suffer from asthma ask a pharmacist, doctor or nurse if you’re not sure.
- Eating healthy – A balanced diet can help to control symptoms
- Receiving vaccinations – It is important your child receives their annual flu shot, speak to your asthma nurse to find out more.
Outside of the home
Children with well controlled Asthma are able to participate normally in school and nursery. However, it is important to make sure your child’s school has all the necessary information about their condition.
Staff at the school should be able to recognise worsening asthma symptoms and know what to do in the event of an attack, particularly staff supervising sport or physical education.
You can find out more information – Asthma UK: asthma at school and nursery
Sometimes your child’s condition can worsen and this can lead to an asthma attack. Following the right plan provided by a health care professional will greatly reduce the risk of this happening.
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