From One Parent to Another: Tips to Prevent Your Child's Flare Ups

by Jennifer Mitchell Wilson B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Today's post is going to be a little different. As most people with asthma know, there can be good days and there can be challenging ones. For my littlest asthmatic the last few weeks have been the latter. Her asthma has been harder to treat than it has ever been in her life. These are a few of the things we believe set off this wicked flare up of her asthma and a few tips that might prevent you from this tough road.

If you have to missed extended work due to asthma or caring for an asthmatic you might need to consider temporary disability if you are the one sick or Family Medical Leave Act to care for a child. When extended days of school are missed your child will need a note from their pediatrician or lung specialist. You may also want to look into a Medically Fragile or Asthma Action Plan, 504 Plan or homebound studies. The first two protect your child at school with a plan for these issues and homebound studies can keep your child from getting behind while they are getting well.

We are still dealing with the asthma issue here at our house and are into week four. It is our hope that these new medications will kick in soon and do the trick. As you know, not being able to breathe well is downright miserable. If you have any tips that have helped you or your child during and asthma flare please feel free to share them in the comments section. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in dietetics as well as graduate work in public health and nutrition. She has worked with families dealing with digestive disease, asthma and food allergies for the past 12 years. Jennifer also serves the Board of Directors for Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association (PAGER).

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Jennifer Mitchell Wilson

Jennifer Mitchell Wilson is a dietitian and mother of three girls. Two of her children have dealt with acid reflux disease, food allergies, migraines, and asthma. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Harding University and has done graduate work in public health and nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she does patient consults and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association.