Asthma Action Plan: Health Kids
Well guys I’m back again with another Playful Preschool Wednesday Post. This is where a great group of bloggers share some hands on activities that you can try at home with your preschoolers. Today the theme is Healthy Kids. So I will be sharing a little bit of our routine that we use to keep my preschooler healthy.
If you don’t know, my preschooler has Asthma. Asthma is a very scary for a young child and it is important that we help them to understand it. This means that we have an action plan in place to help prevent flare ups and to aid us when a flare up does occur. My preschooler has always been a big part in keeping to her action plan. I would like to share with you a way that my preschooler communicates where she is in her action plan
We reference the game of Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light, STOP!
For the sake of my eyes, I used orange for the color yellow
During the morning when we take all our medication and our breathing is good we call it the Green Light (just like the action plan says). With the green light she can move and run around freely.
Yellow Light. That’s when we start to feel the wheezing coming and we can feel our breathing coming to a slow. During this time she starts to slow down and we take a break, two puffs, and wait. To notify me of the situation because when it starts I can’t tell that’s something’s wrong, she can feel what’s happening to her body, and she calls out yellow light.
There are times where things just get bad. No matter how much we follow the routine that we have in place for prevention, there are times when it just does not work. (We usually have flare ups during the changing of the seasons.) That’s when, if she can, she says RED LIGHT! Red light means that I stop what I am doing and I tend to her. There have been times that she has not been able to yell out red light and we have found her on the floor. When we get to yellow we start to pay close attention to her until we’re out the woods. Something that I learned new last year is that even after you get from yellow back to green, with in the same day or a day later you can go from green, skip yellow, and hit a red light, and that has been one of the most scariest moments in my life.
With us having been at Red Lights more than once, we work hard to prevent flare ups. How do we do that?
- We make sure that we follow our treatment plan that was laid out for us by a team of doctors. This plan is tailored for my preschooler. (Action Plan) Please when giving your children any prescription medication check it against the written prescription to make sure that it is the correct dosage and medication.
- Try hard to avoid all triggers (She knows what triggers her attacks)
- We dust regularly. (Dust is her worst allergen)
- Before any sport or just running around take fast acting inhaler 20 minutes before
- Take care of any viral infections before they start to trigger an attack
When we follow these rules in our home, things for my preschooler is great. We don’t have many flare-ups and she loves saying that she got the Green Light.
To play Green Light, Yellow Light, Red Light, Stop!
1)Green Light: Call out YAY! I CAN BREATH!
- My preschooler runs towards me
2)Yellow Light: I call out My Chest Hurts! (However your child describes the feeling, use it)
- My preschooler is now walking towards me. (During yellow they can still move but not as much and not as fast) We usually have a stick close by that I give her once she starts to slow down. This indicates that she has used her fast acting inhaler.
Now you can go back to green if you’d like or you can proceed to…
3)Red Light: I CAN’T BREATH!
- My preschooler stops in her tracks and sits down.
( It was important for me to teach her to sit down. during the beginning when we were learning to control it she would jump around scared. Thus causing her airways to close)
After we played the game a couple of times, she understood what we needed to do when things started to change in her body. This game was a great help to us and it was inspired by her action plan. I had spent lots of time trying to get her to express to me the feeling of yellow when she was younger. It’s not easy for a young child to let you know when they are just getting into yellow. They don’t know what they are feeling and they wait until yellow has become noticeable and then before you know it, you might be at red.
Because the game uses movements it was a little easier for her to understand that you have a feeling of what’s happening right before we get to a point where we can’t talk. That window is small for us and it’s my duty to help her help me prevent us from getting to red.
I hope that what I shared today helps you in some way. Asthma is something that I have been working with for about 14 years now and with each child the trigger is different and the severity of the attacks are all different. If your child has Asthma I hope that you have an action plan in place and a preventative plan in place. If you don’t, I suggest that you speak with your child doctor about one. I am in no way an expert or doctor, I’m just a mom with three asthmatic children sharing her strategy in hopes that it can help someone else.
If you would like more information about Asthma, here are a couple of links that I like to visit.
Kids Health Asthma Center
AAAAI- American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (you can find an Allergist in your area on this site)
Well that’s all folks, if you would like to see some great Health Kids activities then click on one of the posts below by my fellow team members. Later
For More Ideas on Teaching and Keeping Preschoolers Healthy:
Letter Match Tooth Cleaning Game by Rainy Day Mumm
Brushing Teeth Song by Growing Book by Book
Elephants Toothpaste by Learning 2 Walk
Nutrition: Sorting and Categorizing Food by Mom Inspired Life
Healthy Food Habits in Preschool: Sorting and a Paper Plate Project by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Teaching Children About Feelings Vs. Behavior by Capri + 3
Asthma Action Plan by Tiny Tots Adventures
Hand Washing Sequencing and Song by The Educators’ Spin On It