Asthma in Children - Symptoms
Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. Your child may have no symptoms; severe, daily symptoms; or something in between. How often your child has symptoms can also change. Symptoms of asthma may include:Wheezing, 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 children. The cough usually is ...
Asthma in Children - Frequently Asked Questions
Learning about asthma:What is asthma?What causes asthma?Can I prevent asthma or asthma attacks?What are the symptoms of asthma?What happens in asthma?What increases my child's risk of having asthma?How is the severity of asthma classified?What is exercise - induced asthma?Who is affected?Being diagnosed:Who can diagnose asthma?How is asthma diagnosed?How does my child measure peak expiratory ...
Asthma in Children - Prevention
While there is no certain way to prevent asthma, you can take steps to reduce your child's airway inflammation and the likelihood of asthma attacks.One study has found that feeding an infant breast milk exclusively in the first 9 months of life may reduce the child's risk of developing asthma.9 However, other studies indicate that there is no protective effect and that breast - feeding may increas
Asthma in Children - Other Treatment
Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are used for children who have asthma symptoms when they are around substances to which they are allergic (allergens). Allergy shots have been shown to reduce asthma symptoms and the need for medications in some people.22 However, allergy shots are not equally effective for all allergens. Allergy shots should not be given when asthma is poorly controlled. For more ...
Asthma in Children - Exams and Tests
Diagnosis of asthma is based on medical history, physical examination, and simple lung function tests such as spirometry. Diagnosing asthma in babies and toddlers is often very difficult. Symptoms may be the same as those of other diseases, such as infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia), sinuses (sinusitis), and small airways (bronchiolitis). If .
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 ...
Asthma in Children - Medications
Medication does not cure asthma. However, it is an important part of managing the condition. Medications for asthma treatment are used to: Prevent and control the underlying airway inflammation to minimize long - term lung damage.Decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of asthma attacks.Treat the attacks as they occur.Asthma medications are divided into two groups: those for prevention and
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 ..
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
Asthma in Children - What Happens
Asthma often begins during childhood or the teen years and may last throughout your child's life. It can increase his or her risk of complications from lung and airway infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. At times, the inflammation found in asthma causes your child's airways to narrow and produce mucus, resulting in asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath. The airways narrow when ...