My little boy's asthma is taking over his life – all he wants to do is stay home and play on his iPad | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY son’s asthma is taking over his life and I don’t know where to turn for help.

While most ten-year-old boys are tearing around playing football and wrestling their mates, mine prefers to stay at home on his iPad.

He’s terrified of having an asthma attack after a bad experience last year we think was set off by pollen.

It really scared him and now he avoids doing anything he thinks might spark an attack.

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I’m his 34-year-old mum.

I want him to live a normal life.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I am sorry your son is struggling.

While there is no cure for asthma, medication can help control it. See what your son’s doctor suggests.

If your son’s asthma is triggered by pollen, it is best to keep windows and doors closed when the pollen count is high.

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As much as possible, limit his screen time and encourage exercise to improve his lung capacity.

I’d also recommend approaching Asthma UK (asthma.org.uk, 0300 222 5800), which offers confidential advice to sufferers and their families.

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