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Childhood Asthma

Monitoring My Child's Asthma

Monitoring means "keeping track of the situation." Monitoring your child's asthma is as important as driving with your eyes open — it lets you avoid mishaps along the way! This section discusses asthma monitoring.

Your doctor, obviously, will monitor your child's asthma. He or she will do this by asking about how your child's been doing and by checking your child over. If your child is old enough, your doctor may order Pulmonary Function Tests (or PFTs), which measure how well air is getting in and out of your child's lungs. Your doctor will also give you advice on how to monitor your child's asthma between doctor's appointments. In general, there are two ways to monitor asthma at home:

  • Monitoring your child's symptoms;
  • Monitoring how well your child's lungs are working, by using a home Pulmonary Function Test device, called a Peak Flow Meter.
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