Ask Away...: Increase Your Family’s Quality of Life With These Asthma Tips

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Increase Your Family’s Quality of Life With These Asthma Tips

Living with asthma is no walk in the park. Not only can it make life difficult for the one suffering from the condition, but it can make life miserable for the whole family. This is especially true if the one with asthma is a child.
Unfortunately, it can’t be cured, but there are some things you can do to increase your child’s quality of life while increasing the quality of life of your family at the same time.

Save on Asthma Medication

It’s bad enough to suffer from a chronic condition. It’s even worse when that chronic condition requires medication that costs hundreds of dollars.
Save on asthma medication whenever you can so your family can avoid the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle that is often the hallmark of a family with a member that suffers from a chronic condition.
Ask your doctor or your pharmacist if you can switch to a generic version of your child’s asthma medication whenever possible. If there is no generic, search for asthma medication coupons online. You may be able to save hundreds of dollars throughout the year, which can have a huge effect on your family’s quality of life.

Create an Asthma Plan

Asthma is something that comes and goes, and understanding what to do as it comes and goes is vital to the well-being of your family. You want to make sure everyone knows what to do if an asthma attack strikes, which means creating an action plan.
The plan should include the specific signs of asthma, which include wheezing, shortness of breath, and fatigue. The plan should include what triggers attacks, and where to find medication. You should also write down important contact information on your plan in case there’s an emergency.
Keep this action plan in an easy-to-access area in the home. It’s also a good idea to give the action plan to anyone who will be in regular contact with your child, like teachers and babysitters.

Reduce Asthma Triggers in Your Home

Once you’ve developed an action plan, you should have a better idea of what triggers your loved one’s asthma attacks in the first place. Then, you can reduce the triggers in your home.
One way to keep triggers at bay is to keep your home as clean as possible. A few tips include:
·       Carpets: Replace carpet with tile, wood, or laminate, if you can. If not, make sure you vacuum using a HEPA filter.
·       Furnace filters: Replace furnace filters and air purifier filters frequently. Have your ducts cleaned once a year.
·       Bedding and stuffed toys: Wash items your child comes in contact with on a regular basis in hot water. Dust-mite covers should be used on mattresses and pillows.
·       Leaks: Address leaks and spills immediately so mold doesn't have a chance to develop.
Living with asthma doesn’t have to be miserable for your child, and it doesn’t have to be miserable for your family. With these tips, you can help control your little one’s asthma so everyone breathes easier at night.

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