Asthma: Using a peak flow meterAAsthma: Using a peak flow meterAsthma: Using a peak flow meterEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LungsRespiratory systemTestsAdult (19+)NA2009-01-29T05:00:00ZSharon Dell, BEng, MD, FRCPC;Bonnie Fleming-Carroll, MN, ACNP, CAE;Jennifer Leaist, RN, BScN;Rishita Peterson, RN, BScN, MN;Gurjit Sangha, RN, MN;James Tjon, BScPhm, PharmD, RPh5.0000000000000078.0000000000000549.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>A peak flow meter is used to measure and monitor an individual's quality of breathing. Learn about how it works, when to use one, and how to operate it.</p><p>A peak flow meter is an important tool you can use to monitor your child's asthma. </p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li> A peak flow meter monitors asthma by measuring how well air is moving in your child's lungs. </li> <li> The peak flow meter can tell you if your child is having difficulty with their asthma, if their medicines are working, and if they are improving after an asthma attack.</li> <li>Peak flow readings are an important part of managing asthma control, especially if they do not always notice asthma symptoms.</li> <li> Your doctor can tell you what peak flow readings are normal for your child.</li> <li> For a peak flower meter to be effective, your child must be able to follow instructions and blow into the meter properly.</li></ul>
Asthme: comment utiliser un débitmètre de pointe pour contrôler l’asthmeAAsthme: comment utiliser un débitmètre de pointe pour contrôler l’asthmeUsing a Peak Flow Meter to Monitor AsthmaFrenchRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LungsRespiratory systemTestsAdult (19+)NA2009-01-29T05:00:00ZSharon Dell, BEng, MD, FRCPCBonnie Fleming-Carroll, MN, ACNP, CAEJennifer Leaist, RN, BScNRishita Peterson, RN, BScN, MNGurjit Sangha, RN, MNJames Tjon, BScPhm, PharmD, RPh5.0000000000000078.0000000000000549.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Le débitmètre de pointe sert à mesurer et à surveiller la respiration d’une personne. Apprenez comment il fonctionne, à quel moment l’utiliser et comment l’utiliser.</p><p>Un débitmètre pour débit de pointe est un outil important que vous pouvez utiliser afin d’évaluer l’asthme de votre enfant. </p><h2> À retenir </h2> <ul><li>Un débitmètre pour débit de pointe évalue l’asthme en mesurant avec elle fluidité l’air se déplace dans les poumons de votre enfant.</li> <li>Un débitmètre pour débit de pointe peut vous indiquer si votre enfant éprouve des difficultés avec son asthme, si les médicaments fonctionnent et si la situation de votre enfant s’améliore à la suite d’une crise d’asthme.</li> <li>Les lectures de débit de pointe sont une partie importante de la gestion du contrôle de l’asthme, particulièrement si votre enfant ne s’aperçoit pas toujours de ses symptômes.</li> <li>Votre médecin peut vous indiquer quelles lectures de débit de pointe sont normales dans le cas de votre enfant.</li> <li>Pour qu’un débitmètre pour débit de pointe soit efficace, votre enfant doit être en mesure de suivre des instructions et de souffler dans le débitmètre de manière adéquate.</li></ul>

 

 

Asthma: Using a peak flow meter1486.00000000000Asthma: Using a peak flow meterAsthma: Using a peak flow meterAEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LungsRespiratory systemTestsAdult (19+)NA2009-01-29T05:00:00ZSharon Dell, BEng, MD, FRCPC;Bonnie Fleming-Carroll, MN, ACNP, CAE;Jennifer Leaist, RN, BScN;Rishita Peterson, RN, BScN, MN;Gurjit Sangha, RN, MN;James Tjon, BScPhm, PharmD, RPh5.0000000000000078.0000000000000549.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>A peak flow meter is used to measure and monitor an individual's quality of breathing. Learn about how it works, when to use one, and how to operate it.</p><p>A peak flow meter is an important tool you can use to monitor your child's asthma. </p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li> A peak flow meter monitors asthma by measuring how well air is moving in your child's lungs. </li> <li> The peak flow meter can tell you if your child is having difficulty with their asthma, if their medicines are working, and if they are improving after an asthma attack.</li> <li>Peak flow readings are an important part of managing asthma control, especially if they do not always notice asthma symptoms.</li> <li> Your doctor can tell you what peak flow readings are normal for your child.</li> <li> For a peak flower meter to be effective, your child must be able to follow instructions and blow into the meter properly.</li></ul><figure><span class="asset-image-title">Peak flow meter <p></p> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Peak_Flow_Meter_EQUIP_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </span></figure> <h2>What is a peak flow meter?</h2><p>A peak flow meter is a device that measures how well air is moving in your child’s lungs.</p><p>Measuring peak flow regularly can help you do the following things:</p><ul><li>tell if your child is having difficulty with their asthma</li><li>see if your child’s medicines are working well</li><li>see if your child is getting better after an asthma episode</li></ul><p>To measure peak flow, your child breathes in and then blows as hard and as quickly as they can into the meter. This gives a reading that you can compare with your child’s normal (baseline) reading or with the normal range for your child’s height. Many peak flow meters are colour-coded or come with a chart so that you can easily compare the readings.</p><p>The peak flow meter is very dependent on your child's effort. To use a peak flow meter effectively, your child must be old enough to follow instructions and to make a consistent effort even when they are sick. Your child should also understand that their peak flow readings are an important part of monitoring asthma control, especially if your child does not always notice their asthma symptoms.</p><h2>What peak flow readings mean</h2><p>Ask your child's doctor what peak flow readings are normal for your child. Peak flow is predicted based on average readings for your child’s height. So normal peak flow will change as your child grows.</p><p>These are the three colour-coded areas on a peak flow meter:</p><ul><li>Green means “go.” Congratulations! Your child’s asthma is well controlled. Follow the regular asthma medicine plan.</li><li>Yellow means “caution.” Your child’s asthma may be getting worse. Your child needs to add controller and/or reliever medicine.</li><li>Red means “stop.” Your child needs to see a doctor right away. Go to the closest emergency department and give your child extra reliever medicines every 10 minutes.</li></ul><p>Your child’s doctor will give you specific instructions for each reading on your child’s asthma action plan.</p><h2>When to use the peak flow meter</h2><p>Your child’s doctor will explain when to use the peak flow meter. These are some times to use the peak flow meter:</p><ul><li>before and after giving reliever medicine</li><li>when an asthma episode happens</li><li>one or two times a day, every day, to keep track of how well your child’s controller medicine is working</li></ul><h2>How to use the peak flow meter</h2><p>There are different brands of peak flow meter, and each one is a bit different. Read and follow the instructions for your meter.</p><p>Here are some general instructions:</p><ol class="akh-steps"><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/HowToUse_PeakFlowMeter_1_EQUIP_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <p>Attach the mouthpiece to the peak flow meter, if there is one.</p><p>Put the marker at the bottom of the scale.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/HowToUse_PeakFlowMeter_2_EQUIP_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <p>Hold the peak flow meter upright. Do not block the opening with your fingers.</p><p>Ask your child to stand up and breathe in as deeply as they can. Your child should put the mouthpiece into their mouth and close their lips tightly around the mouthpiece.</p><p>Ask your child to blow out as hard and as fast as they can. The marker will move up the scale to the number that is the peak flow measurement.</p></li><li> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/HowToUse_PeakFlowMeter_3_EQUIP_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <p>Write down the measurement. Put the marker back down to the bottom of the scale.</p></li><li><p>Do steps 1 and 2 again.</p><p>In your child’s asthma diary, write down the date, the time, and the higher of the 2 measurements.</p></li></ol><h2>Cleaning the peak flow meter</h2><p>If your child’s meter has a separate mouthpiece, you should clean it once a week. Wash it with warm water and let it air dry thoroughly.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/HowToUse_PeakFlowMeter_2_EQUIP_ILL_EN.jpgAsthma: Using a peak flow meter

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