Asthma diagnosis for your preschooler? We can help you talk to her about it, and help her learn how to manage symptoms.
During an asthma episode, the tubes swell up and the center gets smaller, making it difficult for air to pass through. You can explain that the noise of the air squeezing through the tubes is called wheezing.
"If your child loves dolls or action figures, ask him to pretend that that toy is having an asthma attack," says Carlton. Ask, "What should the doll do?" and help him act out the solution using his inhaler and the breathing techniques recommended by his doctor.
A doll can also help in reinforcing the habit of using a peak flow meter. Hold it up to the doll's mouth and ask your child how hard the toy needs to blow.
Tell you kids that their inhaler contains a magic mist that will help them breath easier and feel better. Or you can tell her that her asthma meds are like sunscreen. Just like you put on sunscreen to avoid getting burned in the sun, asthma medications are taken to avoid having an asthma episode. Anything that can take the fear of the condition and the medicines used to treat it will be an advantage. And if your child is actively involved, all the better.