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As the school year starts, Vic doctors remind parents whose children have asthma to see their GP for a review and asthma action plan
Saturday 28 January 2017
Asthma is the most common reason for children being admitted to hospital, presenting to their doctor or hospital emergency department. AMA Victoria encourages parents to take their children to their GP for a review of this chronic condition, identify triggers for attacks, and also to develop or update an asthma action plan for school or kindergarten. Dosages may need adjusting as the child grows from year to year,” Dr Lorraine Baker, President of AMA Victoria said.
An asthma action plan is a clearly written summary of the child’s asthma management, developed by a GP. An asthma action plan outlines:
- how to care for the day-to-day asthma (medications and how often they should be used)
- how to recognise when the child’s asthma is getting worse or an attack is developing, and the actions to manage it
- symptoms that are serious, indicating a need for urgent medical help (with emergency information on what to do if the child has an asthma attack).
A copy of a GP-developed asthma action plan should be sent to the child’s school, kindergarten, childcare centre, grandparents, other relatives or anyone caring for your child.
“AMA Victoria also reminds the public that using a spacer with a puffer is generally more effective than using a puffer alone. Spacers make it easier to take the medicine and it also gets more of the medicine into the lungs. This is particularly important when symptoms are worse. This applies to adults as well as children,” Dr Baker said.
For more information on asthma (and allergies) and action plans, parents are urged to see their GP / family doctor.
Felicity Ryan 0437 450 506
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