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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What do parents need to know about asthma?

Every day at we get lots of asthma related questions. Below are some questions I thought my readers at the RT Cave would enjoy.

Question: We just found out that our 2 year old son has asthma.We do not know anything about this condition

My humble answer: You've come to the right place. There are lots of materials here that should help you in your quest to learn more about asthma. Plus you can read shareposts from asthma experts like myself (I grew up with asthma, in fact, I was diagnosed when I was 2). We write about what it's like to live with asthma, our advice to asthmatics and parents like you, and share the latest wisdom we learn.

Here is some basic information about asthma. Follow the links as there are several pages.

Here and here are posts I wrote a while back with you in mind. This post here is good too.

You should be able to recognize the asthma symptoms so you can act.

Which asthma meds work best. Here's a good post. While this is written for adults, the basic information is the same. You should discuss with your child's pediatrician which asthma meds work best for him or her though.

You should work with your child's doctor to create an asthma action plan to help you decide what to do when you observe the early signs of asthma.

You should know your child's asthma triggers so you can help him or her avoid them, or work with his or her pediatrician to treat them.

This should get you started.

The thing about childhood asthma to keep in mind is there is still a lot about this disease we don't know. Yet, with a good asthma doctor, asthma trigger avoidance, well educated and observant parents (like you), every child asthmatic should be able to live a normal life.

Good luck. And if more questions arise, please feel free to ask.

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