Su Laurent brings us handy hints and tips to make life easier, such as how to cope with an asthmatic child.
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Eils Hewitt: Having an asthmatic child can be really scary for moms and dads, Su Laurent the baby channels medical advisor is here as a mom and has a little boy with asthma. She is here today with her little son Eddy to talk about her worries how she copes and more you can to do to put your mind at rest. Thanks for coming in nice se you again. Su Laurent: Hi Eils Hewitt: Nice to meet you Eddy. You are like, like a teacher in a school isn’t it. Now what is what extra problems are brought about with having an asthmatic child for parents? Su Laurent: I think to think about asthma is the unpredictability of vital and I think the particularly when you are a doctor I been running an asthma clinic for years and years and you don’t really understand what that’s all about until you actually have a child with asthma. And it’s the fact that most of the time they will be absolutely fine, no problems at all, and then suddenly they will get a cold and often a trick of factor, and then they will get very wheezing, and then you’ll lands up having a horrible night with lots of coughing and lots of wheezing. Eils Hewitt: So what kind of, what’s the best way of dealing with those worries and face? Su Laurent: Well I think the first thing, I find about the cause of child who wheezes is to take that child along to see the GP and many GP is actually have an asthma nurse who runs all the asthma follow up in that practice, very, very well. And take your child along, are you showing us that you are wheezing, take your child along and really you have to assess whether your child has got mild asthma moderate asthma or severe asthma. Eddy, Eddy can we do you want to be ask you something Eddy shall we asking you something about your wheezing. Eils Hewitt: Eddy what you do then when you feel a bit wheezing. Su Laurent: What would you do when you feel wheezing Eddy? Eils Hewitt: How do you make yourself feel better? Eddy: I don’t know Su Laurent: Shall we show in house how you use your inhaler; shall we show how you use this? Eils Hewitt: How do this work? Su Laurent: How does that work, you want to show her? Eils Hewitt: This is such a big inhaler isn’t it? Eddy: You do this is time. Su Laurent: Sure I will do this time, so we take this out that way this is the commonest way of treating a childs asthma, and what it is, is an inhaler that you can use to treat a childs asthma when they are actually unwell, so if they are wheezy or if they are if they are coughing a lot he use this is the wrong color use a blue one, I am just taking is a blue one we caller relieve, and what do you do is you press it in here and top reason and out and then you can here that little thing clicking back within forwards and that shows that the inhaler is actually going in to their lungs and they give a couple of puffs of that and then you wait and see what happens, and very often the wheezing was settle down coughing was settle down every one be relived and then your child can go back to sleep if it’s the middle of the nights. Thank you very Eddy that’s a very good demonstration. Eils Hewitt: Thanks you very good demonstration. Su Laurent: Thank you very much. Eils Hewitt: Parents would be worried for you know the attack when the inhaler isn’t sufficient you know so what are, what would be their kind of biggest worry and then having okay with that. Su Laurent: If the inhaler isn’t sufficient, usually you use, you use up to 10 puffs to the inhaler and watch and wait if after 10 puffs, and waiting about 10 minutes and so childs still very wheezy then you what you want to take them to see a doctor that might be during the day that might be your GP or night it might be going to direct to the causality department or calling as emergency GP. If the inhaler you convention inhaler that is not working they’ll very often need and may be nebulize given with oxygen and that will also provide immediate relief. The other thing and if your inhaler is working very well but only thing is that m