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    1. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      Asthma is the most common long-lasting (chronic) disease of childhood. It usually develops before age 5. 1 Many children who have allergies get asthma,but not all. And not every child with asthma has allergies. In most cases of persistent asthma,the first symptoms (such as wheezing ) start in the first years of life. One study notes that about 25% of children with persistent asthma began ...

    2. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      The American Academy of Allergy,Asthma,and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy,Asthma,and Immunology (ACAAI) have developed guidelines for getting asthma under control. They list the goals of asthma treatment as: 1 Preventing long-term (chronic) symptoms that interfere with daily living,such as coughing or shortness of breath during the night or after exercise. ...

    3. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      When you use inhaled asthma medicine,you usually use a device that delivers the medicine directly to your lungs. Different types of delivery systems are available,and one type may be more suitable for certain people,age groups,or medicine than another. The following table describes how asthma medicines may be delivered. Types of asthma medicines Delivery system and medicines Age group What ...

    4. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      Is this topic for you? This topic provides information about asthma in children. If you are looking for information about asthma in teens and adults, see the topic Asthma in Teens and Adults.What is asthma?Asthma makes it difficult for your child to breathe. This can happen only every now and then, or in more severe cases, every day. Asthma may also last throughout your child's life (a chronic ...

    5. Asthma in Children - What Increases Your Risk

      Many factors may increase the risk of a child developing asthma. Some of these are not within your control; others you can control.Asthma risk factors that you cannot controlGender. Among children, boys have asthma more often than girls (until the teen years, when prevalence is even). In young adults, women have asthma more often than men.Race. Asthma is more common in black children than in ...

    6. Asthma in Children - Cause

      The cause of asthma is unknown. Health experts believe that inherited, environmental, and immune system factors combine to cause inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs. This can lead to asthma and asthma attacks. Asthma may run in families (inherited). If this is the case in your family, your child may be more likely than other children to develop long - lasting (chronic

    7. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      The severity of asthma can vary,and asthma often requires changes in your treatment to control it. To ensure that you are getting the proper treatment,you have to continuously monitor and evaluate the disease and communicate with your doctor. Symptoms Know the symptoms of poorly controlled asthma-wheezing,cough,chest tightness,or shortness of breath. Having a written record of what to do ...

    8. Asthma in Children - Living With Asthma

      You can control the impact asthma has on your child's life by following your asthma plans consistently. A management plan can reduce inflammation to prevent long - term damage to your child's lungs and decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of asthma attacks. Your child may have difficulty following the plan because of its many different factors. To help you and your child remain consisten

    9. Asthma in Children - Symptoms

      Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. You may have no symptoms; severe, daily symptoms; or something in between. How often you have symptoms can also change. Symptoms of asthma may include:Wheezing, which is a whistling noise of varying loudness that occurs when the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) narrow.Coughing, which is the only symptom for some people. The cough usually is dry ...

    10. Asthma in Children - When to Call a Doctor

      If your child has been diagnosed with asthma and has an asthma action plan (which tells you what medications to take during an asthma attack), do the following. Callor other emergency services immediately if your child has severe asthma symptoms (in the red zone of the asthma action plan) and you have followed the plan, but:Your child is still having severe difficulty breathing.20 to 30 minutes ..

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