While a stuffy nose is inconvenient for most, for the asthmatic child the addition of wheezing and a tight chest means that a minor viral infection becomes a major problem. Consider the common side-effects of a cold or flu:
- Increased mucus production
- Swollen and inflamed airways
Preventing the Cold
- Teach your entire family to wash their hands often.
- Ask the pediatrician about getting a flu shot for everyone in the household.
- Communicate with your child’s school – This will help teachers keep sick kids away from the general population and, especially, at-risk children.
- Use the body’s natural ability to fight infection. This means teaching your child how to eat healthy foods, get plenty of sleep and stay active despite the illness.
Managing Your Child’s Asthma