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What Are the Goals of Treating my Child's Asthma?

Asthma can't be cured, but it can be controlled. The goals of asthma treatment for your child are listed below. If your child is unable to achieve all of these goals, you should contact your child's doctor for advice. Your child should be able to:

  • Live an active, normal life
  • Prevent chronic and troublesome symptoms
  • Attend school every day
  • Avoid asthma symptoms during the night
  • Perform daily activities, play, and engage in sports without difficulty
  • Stop the need for urgent visits to the doctor, emergency department, or hospital
  • Use and adjust medications to control asthma with little or no side effects

By learning about asthma and how it can be controlled, you take an important step toward managing your child's disease. Work closely with your child's asthma care team to learn all you can about asthma, how to avoid asthma triggers, what asthma drugs do, and how to correctly give asthma treatments.

Will My Child Outgrow Asthma?

So much is unknown about infant lung function and asthma. Experts believe that a child is more likely to be diagnosed with asthma after the age of 7, however, if he has had multiple wheezing episodes, has a mother with asthma, or has allergies.

In addition, once a person's airways become sensitive, 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. Some of these children will develop asthma symptoms again as adults. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict whose symptoms will decrease during adolescence and whose will return later in life.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 20, 2014
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