Parents Overconfident of Children’s Ability to Correctly Use Asthma Inhalers
Incorrect use of asthma inhaler techniques by children can cause problems in keeping asthma under control, according to a new research study.
The findings are based on a study of 65 children and their parents of four public charter schools of Chicago. Only five percent of the children had mastery over use of asthma inhalers while all parents were confident about the ability of their child to use it properly and did not underestimate their skills. The study proved that about 97% of the children were not properly using the inhaler. The findings were reproted in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a publication of American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
The findings have relevance for parents as incidence of asthma and allergies are increasing among children and improper use of medication can worsen their health and also academic performance.