For as long as I’ve been aware of asthma, I’ve learned to recognize the signs of anyone having an asthma attack. My sister Jessica was an asthmatic, and now I have two children who suffer with asthma, but not nearly as badly as my sister did. I’ve always used my mom’s experiences as a parent’s guide to childhood asthma. With the amount of time she spent in the hospital with my sister, she could have written a dissertation on it.
Here is a parent’s guide to childhood asthma infographic to help you a bit this season, as changes in weather are often the culprit for out of the blue attacks. Growing up in a household with someone with severe asthma, most of what’s presented on this infographic is second nature to me, but I did want to share with you all.
Lil Miss was in the ER several years ago with an attack, and they are exhausting for all involved. For the parents who just want their children to be able to breathe and for the children who just want to be able to take a breath without having the pull of their lungs fighting to fill up. It’s so scary to see someone struggle to breathe. So. Scary. As of this week, she’s having some difficulty breathing, and we’re taking every precaution to make sure we don’t have to spend any time in the hospital.
This is just a starting point for you. As with everything that has to do with your child, if you suspect something, contact your medical provider for further information. I do not profess to be a doctor at all, just someone who has experience in dealing with having an asthmatic living in the house with them. You know your children better than I do, and you know what they need better than I do. I just want them to be able to breathe, as I’m sure you do as well.
Let’s make sure we are aware of the triggers, and that we can have a relatively easy breathing Winter this season. And Spring. And Summer. And Fall. Because we know they call can be a bit brutal.