Asthma management and care in Pakenham
Asthma management and care in Pakenham for children has been one of our key areas of growth here at Pakenham Family Health.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a common condition caused by narrowing of the small air passages in the lungs. The narrowing happens when air passages become swollen and inflamed, causing more mucus to be produced. In addition, the muscle bands around the air passages become tighter. These changes make it harder for air to get in and out of the lungs, and cause wheeze, cough and problems with breathing.Asthma can be unpredictable, and affects each child differently. Asthma can be managed and most children diagnosed will be able to lead active lives. Many children will grow out of their asthma.
Asthma Action Plan
Your child’s doctor will write up an Asthma Action Plan suited for your child.
As part of their Asthma management and care in Pakenham all children diagnosed with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan that will tell you how to prevent asthma episodes (sometimes called asthma attacks) and how to manage asthma episodes when they happen.
Your child’s Asthma Action Plan should be kept in a place where you can find it easily. Make sure anyone caring for your child knows your child has asthma and understands what to do during an asthma episode.
Prevention is the most important part of treatment. Avoid triggers that commonly result in an asthma episode, and keep other conditions like hay fever and eczema under control.
The two types of medication most often used by children with asthma are relievers and preventers. In some more serious cases, controllers may be required.
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