Dr. Jason Strand: Managing asthma in young children
By The Pulse Aug 1, 2013
By Dr. Jason Strand, family practice at Sage Primary Care
Asthma is a common childhood pulmonary disease that affects the ability of the patient to breathe when it is aggravated. It can be aggravated by many environmental causes – including cigarette smoke, pet dander and seasonal allergies -- by getting an upper respiratory infection or by strenuous physical activity.
Unfortunately, despite better medications, asthma hospitalizations are still very common. We believe that one reason for this is that people need to have better ways of predicting when their asthma is truly worsening. Peak flow meters and asthma action plans can be very helpful to both the patient and doctor in giving information about how your asthma is doing. How much medicine is being used or is needed can also be helpful in predicting worsening of asthma and the possible need for new medication.
A quick rule of thumb to help you know when to visit your doctor: If you need your albuterol inhaler more than two to three times a week or four times in one day, then you need to contact your doctor. If you don’t have an asthma action plan or a peak flow meter, contact your doctor and initiate a plan for your child.
The best asthma medicine is often prevention.
- If your child has allergies, avoid the allergens or treat the symptoms.
- Do not expose children with asthma to smoke. It’s one of the most effective ways to avoid breathing problems.
- Take medications as prescribed and on a regular basis can. This can be a challenge for parents of young children, but can also make a big difference in your child’s breathing.
Dr. Strand is board certified in family medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He grew up in Casper and graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 2006. He returned to Casper and trained at University of Wyoming Family Medicine. He now sees patients at Sage Primary Care. At Sage Primary Care, he is grateful to work every day with his brother, physician assistant Matt Strand. He is married with three children. In his spare time, he enjoys weight lifting, golf, fishing, photography and cooking.