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July 14, 2013

Children should speak about their own asthma

Though parents may be inclined to do most of the talking when seeing an allergist about their children’s allergy symptoms, researchers have found that this actually isn’t completely effective. Doctors say that children should do more of the talking than their parents, as they are the only ones who can accurately describe how they feel.

Parents overrate children’s symptoms

A recent study looked at 80 children with asthma who visited the doctor with their parents. After analyzing their findings, researchers said, “Although parents can provide useful information, it’s important for allergists to ask both parents and children about symptoms, activity limitations, and use of medications.”

In fact, the more closely doctors listen to what children have to say about their asthma, the better the child’s quality of life tends to be. Generally, parents tend to overrate their child’s activity limitations far more than the child does. Margaret Burks, the study’s lead author, said, “Parents can often think symptoms are better or worse than what the child is really experiencing, especially if they are not with the child all day.”

Children feel left out

Children should talk about their symptoms with their allergist so that the proper treatment can be provided and the child is not over-treated. Nationwide, asthma leads to 10.5 million school days missed a year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. In addition, children often feel depressed, left out, and different because they can’t always participate in their peers’ activities.


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