To effectively treat asthma or allergies, you may need to establish some important new patterns and routines for your child. These might include taking a new medicine or getting more exercise, but the key is consistency and it can be a challenge.
“Successful management of chronic health issues such as asthma and allergies is based on providing children with positive reinforcement to create new behavior patterns,” says Dr. T.K. Brasted, HopeCentral’s Behavioral Health Director. “By doing so, adoption of routines becomes easier and treatment adherence improves.”
Here are some helpful resources we have rounded up for you:
- Schedule. Creating a consistent routine is key for success, survival (and sanity).
- Happiness Habit Tracker. Link goal achievement to make behavioral change a positive experience.
- Reward. When used properly, rewards can lead to routine behavior.
- Habit Cues. Learn about creating cues to make adoption of new routines easier.
Parental monitoring is vital to ensure behaviors are internalized and become routine. While this is critical for children, it also applies to your teenagers. Teens have been shown to have some of the worst treatment adherence and they still need parental help.
While these behavioral changes will help your child with asthma or allergies, they can also benefit your entire family.