Asthma in Children
Pediatrics

Asthma in Children

    Asthma in Children

    Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways that affects millions of people worldwide. It causes shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and even life threatening attacks.

    Asthma is a condition where the airways become inflamed and narrow, making breathing difficult. The most common cause of asthma is exposure to allergens (such as dust mites) or other triggers.

     

    Know the Symptoms

    If you suspect that your child has asthma, make sure to take them to see a doctor right away. They will need to undergo tests to determine whether or not they have asthma. These tests include spirometry, peak flow measurements, blood tests, and skin prick testing.

     

    Understand the Causes

    There are several different types of asthma. Allergic asthma is caused by allergies to certain substances such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, animal dander, cockroach droppings, and cigarette smoke. Nonallergic asthma is usually triggered by viral infections, exercise, cold weather, emotional stress, and other triggers.

     

    Treat the Disease

    If you suspect that your child has asthma, make sure to take them to see a doctor immediately. They will need to undergo tests to determine whether or not they actually have asthma. Once diagnosed, treatment should begin right away.

     

    Prevent the Disease

    There are several things you can do to prevent asthma. First, avoid exposure to allergens such as dust mites, mold, pollen, pet dander, cockroaches, and cigarette smoke. Second, keep your home clean by regularly cleaning carpets, floors, furniture, curtains, and other surfaces where dust collects. Third, wash bedding and clothing frequently. Fourth, use a humidifier when needed. Fifth, avoid using scented products such as perfumes, colognes, deodorants, and lotions. Sixth, limit the number of pets at home. Seventh, avoid secondhand smoke. Eighth, avoid eating foods with high levels of sodium. Ninth, avoid exposure to cold weather. Tenth, avoid exercise during periods of high pollution. Finally, talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have regarding your child's asthma.

     

    Be Aware of Risk Factors

    Asthma is more common among children than adults. However, it can affect anyone at any age. In fact, one out of every 12 children has been diagnosed with asthma. Although there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of attacks.

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