Asthma in Children

When someone is having an asthma attack, the person’s airways are swollen and narrow thus becoming difficult to breath. Asthma in children is not different from adults. However, asthma in children is more difficult because it can be bothersome to the child’s daily activities like play, school and sleep.

Moreover, parents would become anxious when their child is having an asthma attack. Reportedly, other than influenza, asthma has been a leading cause of hospitalizations and emergencies among children. 

Causes of asthma

There are many risk factors for having asthma. If you have a family of asthma or allergies, it is more probable that your children will also have them.

Asthma is also primarily cause by allergens like dust, mold, pollen and animal dander. Other irritants that can cause asthma are perfume, chalk dust and cigarette smoke.  When a child is having flu, his or her airways are more sensitive than usual, consequently, making the child more at risk to have asthma flare up.  There are also some activities that can cause asthma like exercise-induced asthma. In some children, cold air is another factor for having asthma attack.

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Symptoms 

If your child is experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain and congestion, frequent and intermittent coughing, it is apparent that your child has asthma. There is also a whistling or wheezing sound in your child’s breathing. Other symptoms will include having trouble sleeping due to shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. Your child may also experience fatigue due to lack of sleep. Prolonged asthma like symptoms may be caused by other respiratory problems like   bronchitis.

Treatment of Asthma in Children 

There is no specific cure for asthma. However, it can be controlled by avoiding the factors that trigger it.  Children with asthma should always be kept away from smoke. Doctors will prescribe medications and management plan for your child’s asthma. There are also remedies at home that you can do in order to prevent your child from asthma flare ups. Here are some of the helpful tips from www.mayoclinic.com:

  • Maintain low humidity at home.
  • Keep indoor air clean.
  • Reduce pet dander
  • Use Air conditioner
  • Keep dust to a minimum
  • Clean regularly
  • Reduce your child’s exposure to cold air.

 

 

Reference:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-asthma/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20028628

http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/children-asthma?page=2#2

Author: Aaron Jay Lev

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