Am Rev Respir Dis; 127 6 :725-34 19 Mar, 2015. Be sure to clean the peak flow meter. It means your child needs to take his or her quick-relief medicine. Over the last decade there has been much debate as to whether routine self-monitoring of peak flow for patients with improves management. To help diagnose asthma, your result can be compared to what would usually be expected for someone of your age, height and gender.
The former can be put in either metric cm or English inches measurement. Dirt collected in the meter may not give a correct peak flow measurement. Peak flow meter is a device used to monitor the ability of a person to breathe out air. A big difference between your current and best score could be a sign that your condition is becoming poorly controlled or that you're having an asthma attack. The highest reading is your child's personal best peak flow.
Note: The numbers may be different for children ages 5 to 11. This calculator is for children with asthma. You need to select your gender and input your age and height. How to measure your peak flow The first time your peak flow is measured, you'll be taught how to do it by a doctor or nurse. Your child's peak flow tells you and your child's doctor how well your child's lungs are working. Educating the patient in recognition of symptoms is nearly as effective as symptom recognition with peak flow monitoring in asthma management. How does this peak flow calculator work? You need to know how to use a peak flow meter.
A significant difference between your score and a normal score, or a difference in your scores in the morning and evening or when your symptoms are good and bad, may suggest you have asthma. Your score can show whether or not your condition is getting worse. How to Find Your Child's Personal Best Peak Flow Number Your child's personal best peak flow number is the highest peak flow number your child can measure 2 to 4 times every day over 2 to three weeks. If your child cannot stand, have your child sit up straight. What to do if your peak flow is low If you have a personal asthma action plan, it might say what you should do when your peak flow score falls to a certain level. Then call your child's healthcare provider to find out what to do. If you've already been diagnosed with asthma, measuring your peak flow regularly can be a useful way of monitoring your condition.
If you don't know how to find your child's personal best peak flow, click for an explanation. If you already have a peak flow determination you can input that as well to get an extra info in the result. The plan will also tell you when to seek emergency care. Each person who cares for your child will need to have a copy of this plan. The Red Zone number is your child's emergency signal.
These resource materials can be downloaded. If you're monitoring your asthma at home, your score should be compared to your best result at a point when your condition was well controlled. This applies for ages 15 to 85 years. Your child and his or her caregivers are important team members. It means your child currently has no symptoms of asthma. The peak flow meter should read zero or its lowest reading when your child is not using it. Follow the meter's cleaning instructions.
This will help you be certain that you are using correctly. Take the best reading as the result. What's considered a normal score depends on your age, height and gender. It is a sign that your child's asthma is in good control. Peak flow meter is a device used to monitor the ability of a person to breathe out air.
You can use the form as many times as you like varying the information or personal data. It tells you how to treat those symptoms right away. These are available on prescription or can be bought from most pharmacies. Your child should continue to take his or her medicine as usual. If you're monitoring your asthma at home, you may have a diary or chart to record your score. Changes from your child's personal best can help you see how well your child's asthma is under control.
His predicted peak flow value would be 639. Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Here is the peak flow calculator used to calculate normal flow rate values using the person's height, age and measured peak flow. The Yellow Zone number is your child's caution signal. He or she may have other instructions or suggestions, based on your child's condition. One of the key parts of controlling asthma is having an Asthma Action Plan. After this they may advise you to carry out the test regularly at home using your own peak flow meter.
But even among children of the same height, weight, and sex, peak flow numbers can be different. The plan helps reduce or prevent asthma flare-ups. After your child recovers, call your healthcare provider to see if your child needs to change or take more of his or her daily medicines. These changes also can let you know when your child needs medicine and when your child needs medical care. Your child's healthcare provider will tell you if you need to measure peak flow for longer than 2 weeks. This could be a sign that you have , although other tests such as will often be needed to confirm the diagnosis. The required inputs are age, height, and sex.