According to WebMD, more than 10.5 million school days are missed because of asthma symptoms. Asthma can often go untreated or even over-treated, making it an especially important discussion to have with an allergist. Both parents and children should be answering the doctor’s questions, not just the parents. Robert Preidt, a reporter for WebMd, put together a list of the five things that children and their parents should definitely discuss with their doctors.
1. If a child can or can’t participate in physical activities.
- This can indicate whether or not the asthma is being well managed.
2. If asthma symptoms are triggered indoors or outdoors.
- Many children with asthma are also allergic to something else. In this case, the doctor might recommend allergy shots.
3. If having asthma makes the child feel out of place compared to other kids.
- Many children can feel depressed or abnormal because of the activities they can’t do compared to their peers.
4. If the child is missing school because of asthma.
- Research has shown that seeing a board-certified allergist can greatly reduce the number of days a child misses.
5. If the asthma appears to have gone away.
- Even if asthma symptoms seem to have disappeared, it’s important to stay on the prescribed regimen for using the inhaler. An attack can still occur when it’s least expected.
It’s especially important for the specialist to ask both the parent and the child about how his or her asthma is affecting their day to day life. More often than not, the parent will speak for the child, and the doctor can be misinformed about how the child is actually doing. Margaret Burks of the pediatrics department at the University of Texas Health Science Center stated, “Parents can often think symptoms are better or worse than what the child is really experiencing, especially if they are not with their children all day.”
Always consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for all health related advice.
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