Childhood asthma: Management and care

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This is the second module in a two part series on childhood asthma and child nursing.

It focuses on the management of asthma in children.

This module discusses triggers and acute exacerbations of asthma and explains common pharmacological treatment options.

It also provides an overview of the management of acute and chronic symptoms of asthma and the importance of asthma action plans.

Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions among children worldwide.

It is characterised by recurrent symptoms, including wheeze, shortness of breath, cough, and chest tightness, that arise as a result of inflammation and airway resistance.

Asthma is associated with significant childhood morbidity causing fatigue, reduced activity levels, impaired development, and poor social interaction.

This module is recommended for anyone providing care to children.

It is useful as an update for those working in paediatrics and as an introduction to those without previous experience in managing asthma in children.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • List common triggers of asthma
  • Identify symptoms of an acute asthma exacerbation
  • Understand the most common pharmacological treatment options of asthma
  • Understand the basic treatment guidelines for the management of asthma
  • Understand the importance of asthma action plans

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