Managing Asthma in Children: what parents can do

There are over one million children with asthma in the United Kingdom alone.

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According to Asthma UK, at least one in every eleven children is currently being treated for asthma. Parents are usually the designated caregivers, which makes it imperative that they be educated on how to properly manage the condition in their kids and help them live free and safe lives.

With the proper medications and the right asthma management practices, kids should be able to live without major symptoms.

How to manage children’s asthma

Here are some tips and important advice on how parents can properly manage their children’s asthma.

  1. Have an Updated Asthma plan

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According to Asthma UK, “One of the best ways to look after your child’s asthma and cut their risk of an asthma attack is to make sure they’re using an up-to-date written asthma action plan”. The asthma plan will be generated by your GP based on your child’s own asthma triggers, thereby making the plan personalized. The plan will be designed in such a way as to direct you on the appropriate times to give them medicines and the steps to take when their asthma worsens.

  1. Visit your GP for regular asthma reviews

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) recommends that children should have an asthma review twice in a year with their asthma nurse or GP. This will serve as a means of monitoring their responses to prescribed medicines, and parents should ensure that they update their asthma action plan based on the observations and recommendations of the GP.

It is also advised that children should be taken in for an asthma review if any major changes occur, such as changes to their symptoms, moving to a new environment, new schools or the arrival of a new pet.

  1. Check if your child needs help with their inhalers

 

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A ‘spacer’ can be added to your child’s inhaler to make it easier for the medicine to get into their lungs. It takes some practice to become adept at the simultaneous exhaling, inhaler activation and inhaling actions required to use an inhaler properly and children may not be good at it.

Therefore, getting your child a spacer would ensure that their medicine gets delivered to their lungs whenever they use it, with less trouble.

  1. Educate your child on their triggers and asthma symptoms

Children are very active and it is hardly possible that they will be in your sight at all times. It is advisable that you teach them about the cause of their asthma, and ensure they know what to look out for. Some of the symptoms they should know include chest tightening, wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing.

Also, ensure they know their triggers such as weather changes, dust, smoke, pets, pollen or strenuous activity.

  1. Keep an inhaler close to you at all times

Whenever you go out, ensure you always go with an inhaler an also train your child to do the same. Ibn addition, keep an inhaler somewhere in your house within the reach of everyone (except younger children) so that it can be reached easily in the case of an attack at home.

Ensure that your child has a designated carrier for their inhaler whenever they are going to school or leaving the house for any reason. Also ensure that the school is informed about your child’s condition.

What do you do in the event of an asthma attack?

If your child’s symptoms suggest that he/she is having an attack, then you should give a double dose of the reliever inhaler immediately.

Then contact your GP immediately or visit   http://www.londonallergy.com/

What Is Biggest Allergy At the Moment?

We all know someone who battles with allergies each year, or perhaps you do personally. With the coming of a certain time each year you’re stuck reliving the same symptoms over and over again with hopes of making it through each day. Depending on the area you live in might depend on the types of allergy issues you might encounter. While a specific plant or tree might be popular in one area, it could be totally different in others. Each year studies are conducted to not only determine which areas are affected with the highest pollen rates, but what exactly is putting out those rates in those specific areas.

What is the biggest allergy at the moment?

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While this is no surprise to most allergy sufferers, the most common allergy we’re seeing trend at the moment is coming from grass pollen. Shortly behind grass pollen are allergies as a result from birch trees. While these two are extremely common in places like the United Kingdom and around London, there is a new allergy on the rise that we’re all seeing a rise in trend on. Recently, we’re seeing as much as a ten percent increase on children who’re experiencing allergies from food related products. This was something that wasn’t seen so much of previously, and now we’re encountering more and more kids who’re developing food related allergies in childhood.

I have allergies what are my options?

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 If you’re like many who cringe when spring time comes around, know they’re options for those who need relief. For those with mild allergies you can always turn to over the counter medications which can help elevate any discomfort that comes with having allergies. For those who suffer more severely there are prescription medications that can be taken, steroid nasal sprays and even something called nasal douching. While some may prefer to see a doctor for their allergies, there are more natural ways in which you can cope with allergies. Here is a list we came up with for those looking for alternative methods:

  • Netti kettles: These involve flushing the nasal passage ways with nothing more than some warm water and salt.
  • Consuming honey with a honey comb in it: Many have expressed relief after consuming just a few teaspoons a day.
  • Acupuncture: Honestly, we have no idea how this works, but some have said they’ve shown improvement using this method.
  • And more.
  • Use air purifiers around your home: These can help eliminate particles in the air and filter out what may already be in your home floating around.
  • Keep your animals well groomed. Studies shown either purchasing a short haired animal or regularly bathing your animal will help keep the animal dander down.
  • Keep pets outside can also reduce the amount of animal dander you experience in your home.
  • Remove any mold from your home and take the steps to prevent mold from forming. Mold is not only something that can cause allergy issues but can be extremely harmful if left untreated.