Can I Tell You about Asthma?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 54 pages
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Meet Alfie - a young boy with asthma. Alfie invites readers to learn about asthma from his perspective, describing how it feels to have an asthma attack and what the common triggers are. He talks about the challenges of having asthma and how important it is that his friends and the people around him can recognise the signs when he starts feeling short of breath and know how to help. Alfie also gives simple instructions on using asthma inhalers and other medical treatments.

This illustrated book is full of useful information and will be an ideal introduction for young people, aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and nurses. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Introducing Alfie who has Asthma
10
What is it like to have Asthma?
12
Things about having Asthma that make you feel worried and upset
14
How people treat you
16
What is Asthma?
18
Asthma medication
24
Asthma inhalers spacers and technique
26
Diagnosing Asthma and tests
30
Asthma triggers
32
Emergency treatment
34
Asthma facts and figures
37
More information about Asthma
41
How teachers can help
45
How parents can help
47
RECOMMENDED READING WEBSITES AND ORGANISATIONS
51

Asthma medication at school
28

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About the author (2012)

Lesley Mills is an Asthma Specialist Nurse Advisor and has worked in many different surgeries across the UK. She has completed several courses on Asthma management and has run Asthma education sessions for nurses and doctors. Lesley has recently accepted the post of Asthma Specialist Nurse with Asthma UK and is very much looking forward to working for them. Lesley hopes the book will help spread awareness and understanding amongst patients and the general public about correct and effective Asthma care. She lives in Hertfordshire, UK. Rosy Salaman is an artist and illustrator who studied History of Art at Bristol University and Illustration at the Chelsea College of Art & Design. She lives in London, UK.

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