My mini has had asthma pretty much since the day she was born.
Although, medically it can be very difficult to diagnose children young for many reasons which can be very frustrating for all involved.
Firstly let’s look at the obvious –
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, there is inflammation of the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs. This results in asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
Both me and the other half have had asthma since small and it runs on both sides of our families.
This thought in mind we were always vigilant in looking for the signs in munchkin so that we could keep her as safe as possible.
Although we are aware of the signs and symptoms ourselves, I found it quite difficult to find information online as to how to look out for these signs in children.
Some of the key signs to keep a look out for are –
- Frequent coughing when playing, running around or lying flat (nighttime coughing is a good inicator)
- Whistling sound or ‘wheezing’ when breathing
- Significant struggles with breathing in particular regularly when having a common cold
- Less energy to run around
- Consistent cough
- Asthma is more common in children that also have other allergies such as eczema
If your child experiences one or more of the above symptoms it is definitely worth a trip to your local GP for an asthma check up.
In my personal experience it is absolutely worth seeking advice even if it is just a feeling you have as it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to asthma.
To give you a better perspective of how serious asthma is in the UK population today –
Asthma attacks hospitalise someone every 8 minutes; 185 people are admitted to hospital because of asthma attacks every day in the UK (a child is admitted to hospital every 20 minutes because of an asthma attack). ASTHMA UK
Next steps if your child is diagnosed with asthma-
If your little one is officially diagnosed with asthma it can be a very daunting time for both child and parent, the main thing to do is to try not to panic.
Your GP will prescribe the best form of medication or ventolin/inhaler for your child. In my personal experience asthma is very manageable with the right tools and commitment.
You will also be given a personalised asthma plan for your child to make sure your little one gets all of the help they personally need- We pinned this onto our fridge and gave to grandparents and our childminder to make sure we were all aware of what to do daily and what to do incase of an emergency.
Now you have your diagnosis and everyone knows your child’s asthma plan, its now time to think of a fun way to introduce your little ones inhaler.
Firstly we have gave our inhaler a name.. we call it the PUFF PUFF! Munchkin named it this and I think it’s purely because of the sound it make when you press it!
Secondly think of a fun way to give your child their inhaler. We used Glitter stickers to decorate munchkins which she loved!
You could also buy a cute inhaler bag to store it in when travelling to make it more fun. These are also great for inhalers being kept at nursery or school.
We also have Puff puff completions, where we see how deep a breath mini can do and applaud her at the end- she loves it!!
You can also make a sticker chart for your child to record their progress. They can take this with them when they have their next check up to show off how well they have done!
We personally give munchkin hers as part of her morning routine when she gets dressed and her bedtime routine when she’s had her bedtime story (we were prescribed a dosage that is required twice a day).
Every family is different, my best advice is to get a daily routine going so there is no chance of forgetting on those manic mornings.
If you ever notice your child’s asthma deteriorating in any way seek medical advice IMMEDIATELY.
Do not wait, every single second counts with asthma.
For more useful information and tricks and tips, check out Asthma UK, they an amazing wealth of information to help you through any queries you may have.
I hope I have covered the main bases, but if there are any queries you may have please email me and I will do my best to help.
Stay safe and thankyou for reading! X