For Kids: Checking Your Airways
A peak flow meter tells you how open your airways are. It also warns you when a flare up is on the way. Use your meter as often as you are told. Follow the steps below. You will need paper, a pencil, and your record sheet.
Move the marker to the lowest number on the scale.
Stand up straight.
Now, take as deep a breath as you can. Hold that breath.
Put the mouthpiece in your mouth. Close your lips tightly around it.
Blow into the meter 1 time as hard and fast as you can.
Take the meter out of your mouth.
Look at the marker. Where is it now?
Write down the number the marker points to.
Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 two more times. Be sure to move the marker back to the lowest number on the scale each time.
Look at the 3 numbers you wrote down. Write the highest number on your record sheet.
Use the number you wrote on your record sheet to find what zone you're in. Follow your action plan for that zone.
March 21, 2017
Cineas, Sybil MD,Lee Jenkins