As parents, it is natural to be worried about your kid’s asthma condition when you are not with them. However, the problem comes at night for parents with kids who have night-time asthma. Parents need their well-deserved rest at night too!
If your kid has a history of experiencing night-time asthma, also known as “nocturnal asthma”. You might need extra help to monitor your kid throughout the night without compromising on your sleep.
Why does my kid’s asthma get worse at night?
Night-time asthma happens because of various factors:
- Exposure to allergens: Mould, dust mites and allergens can build up in your kid’s bedding and pillows. For a kid with asthma, these are common triggers that can cause a flare-up
- Reclined Position: Lying down can cause an accumulation of nasal drip which leads to a decrease in lung capacity and resistance in the airways.
- Air-conditioning: Sleeping in colder air at night can cause a loss of heat in the airways. The loss of moisture and airway cooling are also common triggers of night-time asthma.
How do I reduce the risk of night-time asthma?
- Prescribed Medications
Ensure that your kid takes their prescribed medication even if they are well during the day. (Consult your doctor about this, to get the “go-ahead”). Make sure your kid’s inhaler is at their bedside at all times.
- Asthma Action Plan
If your kid is diagnosed with asthma – you and your doctor would have come up with an action plan. Follow it.
- Regular doctor’s visits
Have regular reviews with your doctor about your kid’s condition. Update your doctor if there is any change in your kid’s asthma condition.
- Sleeping Position
Try propping your kid up with more pillows so that he or she is not lying diagonally flat on the mattress. Sleeping in this propped position can help keep their airways open.
- Try Technology
Technology has been advancing rapidly and you might want to take advantage of it to monitor your child’s condition.
There are wellness devices like Airesone Junior that can help you monitor your kid’s important vitals (respiratory and heart rate). It will also alert you via your smartphone if concerning vitals are raised during the night.
- “Asthma and Your Child’s Sleep.” Asthma UK, Feb. 2020, www.asthma.org.uk/advice/child/life/sleep/#:~:text=Asthma symptoms are often worse, fever, allergies or a cold.
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- Robinson, Jennifer. “Nocturnal Asthma (Nighttime Asthma) Prevention & Treatment.” WebMD, WebMD, 15 May 2018, www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/nocturnal-asthma-nighttime-asthma.
- “What Parents Can Do About Nighttime Asthma.” The Polyclinic, 25 May 2016, polyclinic.com/blog/what-parents-can-do-about-nighttime-asthma.