Asthma is an increasingly prevalent condition, affecting millions of children across the globe. By narrowing the airways and producing excess mucus, asthma makes it difficult to breathe. In more mild cases, asthma can be a minor inconvenience. In the more severe cases, it can be completely debilitating. If your child has asthma or is showing signs of having asthma, immediate action should be taken so that your child can live a healthy, happy life.
Asthma is a condition that causes one’s airways to narrow and swell, causing the production of excess mucus through the process of inflammation. It can cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Though asthma can’t be cured, the symptoms can be managed. For you child’s safety, It is important to be consistent with physician consultations, as asthma can fluctuate in severity. Symptoms should be tracked and every precaution taken to minimize attacks.
Shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain and coughing or wheezing attacks worsened by exercise, allergens or anything else affecting the respiratory system. If these symptoms become more frequent, then it is a sign that your child’s condition is worsening.
The root cause of asthma is still speculative, but environmental conditions, allergies and heredity are known to play a large role in triggering symptoms. The following are causes of exacerbated asthma in patients with latent symptoms:
Again, we know little of the cause of asthma, but we do know that the following people are more likely to suffer from the condition:
If you are worried that your child may have asthma, consult your physician (pediatrician). There are several tests that can be performed in order to rule out respiratory infections or other obstructive conditions. The following are examples of tests that may be performed to diagnose your child:
The important thing to remember, is cases vary from person to person. Your child may rarely suffer from the symptoms of asthma, or they may struggle with their breathing every day. A physician will be able to look at your child’s specific case and create a treatment method best suited for them. Asthma is a manageable condition, and the wellbeing of your child is absolutely achievable. The following are treatment methods a physician may recommend for asthma:
There are many options for controlling symptoms, whether the long-term methods listed above, or short-term methods such as short acting beta agonists or oral and intravenous corticosteroids, both of which are of a higher intensity and should only be used in the most severe attacks. Discuss with your physician which method is best to treat your child. With a treatment plan catered to the health needs of your child, a happy, healthy life is achievable.
The Second Class Honors M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, 2004.
M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University. Faculty of Medicine Prince of Songkla University , 1992