Managing Your Child’s Asthma – Tips For Spring

Believe it or not, spring is finally here in Northern Colorado, temperatures are beginning to rise and warmer days are more frequent! If your child has asthma, however, this can be a tough time as pollen counts rise which can lead to more intense asthma symptoms. Keep reading for our tips for helping to manage your child’s asthma this spring.

Have a plan and stick to it

One of the hardest parts of having a child with asthma, is you’re never 100% sure when a flare-up might happen. Reduce this fear by creating an “Asthma Action Plan”, which outlines what exact steps need to be done if an asthma attack occurs. Work with your doctor to understand what steps need to be included and make sure everyone is on the same page. Share this plan with any adult in your child’s life who might need to know these steps. This can include teachers, babysitters, coaches, etc. Ensure they understand what steps need to be taken in case you aren’t there.

Identify & Avoid Triggers

Understanding what triggers your child’s asthma, and knowing how to avoid these triggers, can be a large part of avoiding asthma flare-ups. Common triggers can include:

  • Pollen and mold
  • Weather changes
  • Viral infections
  • Irritants such as tobacco smoke or some cleaning products
  • Exercise

Keep an asthma diary that tracks activities and flare-ups and get a much better understanding of what is causing attacks, so you can know to avoid them in the future.

Take all medications as prescribed

If your child has asthma, you’ve likely worked with your doctor to understand which medicines are the best fit for your child. Understand the difference between daily medications which are going to be long-term control treatment and quick-relief medications that act fast to treat the flare-up. Take these medications on a regular schedule and ensure that if your child does need an inhaler, they carry it with them at all times, or a trusted adult carries one with them at all times.  

If your child experiences any asthma symptoms or a mild asthma attack when your primary care provider isn’t available, stop by our location in Timnath for treatment. We’re open 365 days a year!