SURPRISING FACT #7
Your child's treatment plan should be reevaluated every three to six months.
"Kids who have persistent asthma need a written asthma action plan," says Bradley Chipps, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist and allergist in Sacramento, California. The plan -- which should be reviewed with your child's doctor two to four times a year -- ought to include strategies for what to do as soon as symptoms begin as well as how to modify treatment if necessary. Kids ages 6 and up should also use a peak flow meter (which doesn't require a prescription) to help determine how well their asthma is being controlled, Dr. Horne says. Each morning, before your child takes her medications, record the best of three measurements, and then show the doctor the log so she'll be able to adjust your child's plan accordingly.