When you have a child with asthma, flare-ups are terrifying. Their inability to breathe properly is not only dangerous to them, but it causes stress on the whole family. Worse, without an air cleaning system, symptoms can occur with increasing frequency. However, there are steps parents can take that will mitigate the problem and reduce the rate of attacks. Below are a few do’s and don'ts to help you and your child deal with asthma.
Develop a doctor's plan.
Your doctor and your family must work closely to develop an asthma plan. This process will include a list of medications to take, steps to take in case of a flare-up, how to recognize symptoms, and ways to avoid asthma triggers. Doing so is the most significant step to keep your child safe and healthy.
Install an air cleaning system.
Air cleaning systems have been shown to provide relief to people with asthma by removing allergens from the air they breathe. Activated carbon and HEPA filters will weed out microscopic particles to make breathing easier and flare-ups less likely.
Too often, patients skip doses of their medicine to make the prescription last longer or because they don't like the side effects. Take all medications as prescribed. They may be daily pills, while others are for emergency relief. Always make sure your child has a nebulizer on hand, as well.
Forget the flu vaccine.
Flu shots are necessary for all children but especially so for those with asthma. A flu outbreak will lead to serious flare-ups or even more severe breathing difficulties. Ensure your child remains healthy by following their doctor’s guideline for vaccines.
To have an air cleaning system installed in your home, contact Evans Heating & Air Conditioning in Newark, OH. They are a family-owned and -operated heating contractor that has served clients in and around Licking County since 1959. In addition to air cleaning systems, they also specialize in heating and air inspections, residential HVAC installation, and water heater repair. Visit their website to message them online or call (740) 522-2611 to make an appointment.