A 10-year-old girl is diagnosed with asthma. Which of the following statements by the parents indicates a need for additional home care teaching?


•Additional teaching is needed if the family states that the child with asthma should avoid exercise to prevent attacks. Children with asthma should be encouraged to exercise as tolerated. If exercise induces asthma exacerbations, then a short acting beta-agonist should be used 15 minutes before exercise.

•Asthma is a chronic, obstructive airway disease characterized by inflammation and bronchoconstriction. It is caused by a spasm of the bronchial tubes or the swelling of the bronchial mucosa after exposure to various stimuli.

•Identifying triggers, using a bronchodilator before a steroid inhaler, and increasing fluid intake are appropriate measures for asthma management.

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