Working With Your Doctor Towards Asthma Control

How To Work With Your Doctor 

  • Children with asthma need to have a regular doctor.
  • Visit your doctor twice a year for an asthma checkup even if there are no problems.
  • Be prepared for to tell your doctor about your child's asthma problems and to ask questions.
  • Help your child talk to their doctor about their asthma and ask questions.
  • Have the doctor write down any instructions.

 

Things To Bring To An Appointment

Be prepared for your visit with the doctor. Take the following with you:

  • Your child's Asthma Actin Plan
  • Asthma record or diary
  • All medicines and inhaler devices (eg. spacers or chambers)
  • List of questions and concerns in order of importance

 

What Your Doctor Needs To Know

Your doctor needs to know about:

  • Asthma symptoms, what they are, when they occur and how often
  • Any new triggers
  • Any emergency or hospital visits for asthma
  • Activities missed or limited by asthma
  • Any asthma medicines used, when and how often and for how long
  • Side effects from medicines
  • Use of other medicines (eg. over-the-counter medicines)
  • Use of other treatments such as, herbs or vitamins

 

What Should I Expect At the Visit?

Expect your doctor to:

  • Listen to your concerns
  • Answer your questions
  • Review medicines and how to use them
  • Explain any new medicine
  • Make sure you have prescriptions
  • Review and update an Asthma Action Plan
  • Refer you for asthma education if needed

 

What Should The Doctor Expect From Me? 

Your doctor will expect you to:

  • Follow the plan you make together
  • Avoid triggers
  • Use medicine as directed
  • Ask questions if you don't understand
  • Tell your doctor if you have concerns about anything you talked about
  • Let your doctor know if you have a problem paying for your medicine

 

What Do You Need To Know?

  • How to contact your doctor between visits
  • How to get more medicine between visits
  • Where to go for asthma education
  • When to return for a follow-up visit

What Is Asthma Control?

  • Normal activity
  • Normal sleep
  • No daytime asthma symptoms
  • No need for Reliever medicine
  • No emergency visits for asthma
  • No missed school/daycare for asthma

 

Asthma Allie Says:

 "Work with your doctor to control asthma!"

AsthmaAllie

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