Your Child’s Asthma Care: Build a Team

 They say it takes a village to raise a child. In the case of childhood asthma, it takes a “village” of professionals to help your family get the care your child needs. This team of health care experts is on hand to help your child manage their symptoms and continue to live a normal, active life. Good communication with your health care team becomes very important because treating asthma can be a complex, ongoing challenge.

Who is part of my child’s asthma care team?

  • Pediatrician. This person may be a doctor or a nurse practitioner. He or she will diagnose your child’s illness, help set up a treatment plan and an Asthma Action Plan, and will refer you to other professionals, as needed.
  • A nurse educator or asthma educator. Your child’s doctor may refer you to a trained educator who will teach you how to deal with your child’s chronic health condition.
  • Your child’s pharmacist. This person can teach your child how to use inhaler medicines, peak-flow meters, and other equipment. The pharmacist will also let you know about possible side effects and when to call the doctor.
  • An allergist. If you have allergic asthma, an allergist can help you pinpoint the things in your child’s environment that trigger your child’s allergic reactions and help you manage symptoms.
  • Your child’s family. Family members can support you. They can help your child avoid asthma triggers. Other family members may be trained to respond to a severe asthma attack.
  • Your child’s school. By providing schools with an Asthma Action Plan, kids can stay healthy, learn better and participate fully during their school day.
  • You. It’s up to you to communicate with everyone on your child’s team, so they can best make decisions based on the most up-to-date information.

While asthma is the most common long-term disease in children, it can affect people for their entire lives. Putting together a health care team now will help your child learn manage asthma through adulthood.

To learn more about asthma and the Taking on Asthma initiative, visit our website.

Sources: National Institutes of Health

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