Asthma Management in Children
How do people get asthma – many opinions, but researchers are undecided.
Types of asthma:
Intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent, severe persistent
Asthma Attack: airways become swollen, clogged, or restricted, linings inflamed; easier to get air in that get it out.
Most common things that cause an attack:
Things to do to help prevent an attack:
Frequent hand washing
Not sharing drinks or eating utensils
Getting enough sleep
Annual flu shot
Managing includes changes at home and in every day life and utilizing an asthma management plan developed with a physician.
Open Airways for Schools (OAW) can be taught by anyone after training and certification by the American Lung Association. The aim is for children to take care of their asthma on a daily bases and empower them to take control and make healthy choices. There are six 40 minute classes taught to 8 -11 year olds using a broad range of methods:
Role play to rehearse new skills
Storytelling to stimulate problem solving
Games to practice decision making
Physical activities to learn how to control panicky feelings that often arise when asthma symptoms occur.
Goals of OAW:
Have fewer and less severe asthma attacks
Improve their academic performance
Have more confidence in their ability to manage their asthma
Exert greater influence on their parents asthma management decisions.