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Important Points

What you and your child can do to deal with asthma

  • Learn about your child’s asthma.
  • Never give your child any treatment or medication until you understand the medicine, its side effects and how to give it.
  • If you can identify specific asthma triggers, do everything you can to remove them from your child’s environment.
  • Do not limit your child’s activities unnecessarily.
  • If exercise causes your child to have asthma symptoms, give medication before and, if symptoms still happen, have your child sit and relax. Repeat medication once if you need to.
  • Encourage your child to participate in their care. Help your child learn the names and purposes of their medications.
  • Always report unusual responses, changes in behavior, fevers, rashes or other side effects of medications immediately to your health care provider.
  • Tell your child’s teacher about their asthma and how they can help.
  • Learn to trust your own judgment and abilities of observation.
  • Learn when to call for advice or emergency care and do it!