In Australia asthma affects approximately 2 in 5 children, and the incidence of asthma appears to be rising. The management of asthma in the very young can be particularly challenging, and the treatment of a severe attack can be extremely stressful for all concerned. The key to avoiding such unfortunate events is careful management. This chapter includes the triggers and signs of asthma as well as diagnosis and how to formulate an asthma management plan for your patient.

Contents include

  • Asthma: a common problem
  • Risk factors
  • Trigger factors
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
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Gerry has many years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the Emergency Department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a clinical nurse educator. Gerry currently works part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne and runs her own business in paediatric health education. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide.

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