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Asthma Treatments for Children

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Will my Child Outgrow Asthma?

Once a person's airways become sensitive due to asthma, they remain that way for life. However, about 50% of children experience a noticeable decrease in asthma symptoms by the time they become adolescents, therefore appearing to have "outgrown" their asthma. About half of these children will develop symptoms again in their 30's and/or 40's. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict whose symptoms will decrease during adolescence and whose will return later in life.

What Do I Do When my Child Has an Asthma Attack?

If your child is showing symptoms of an asthma attack:

  • Give your child his/her reliever (bronchodilator) medicine according to the asthma action plan.
  • Wait five to fifteen minutes. If the symptoms disappear, your child should be able to resume whatever activity they were doing. If symptoms persist, follow your child's asthma action plan for further therapy. If your child fails to improve or you are not sure what action to take, call your child's doctor.

Danger signs are severe wheezing, severe coughing, trouble walking or talking, or blue lips or fingernails. Increasing shortness of breath with decreased wheezing is especially dangerous because it means less air is moving in and out of the lungs. If any of these are present go to the emergency department or call 911.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on July 04, 2012
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