Asthma in Children - What Happens
begins during childhood or the teen years and may last
throughout your child's life.
classified as intermittent, mild persistent, moderate
persistent, and severe persistent.
It can be hard to know
how severe your child's asthma attack is. Knowing this is important, because
severe attacks may require emergency treatment. But in most cases you can take
care of your child's symptoms at home with an
asthma action plan, which is a written plan that tells
you which medicine your child needs to use and when you should call a doctor or
seek emergency treatment.
Asthma attacks and what makes them worse
asthma attack occurs when your child's symptoms
suddenly increase. While some asthma attacks occur
very suddenly, many get worse over a period of several days.
Things that can lead to an asthma attack or make one worse
Most asthma attacks result from a failure to control asthma with medicines. When your child strictly follows his or her asthma action plan and takes all medicines correctly, it is possible to prevent attacks.
Effect on your child's life
At times, the
inflammation found in asthma causes your child's
airways to narrow and produce
mucus, resulting in asthma symptoms such as shortness
Loss of lung function in asthma appears to start early in
childhood.3 Asthma also may increase the risk of a
partial collapse of lung tissue (atelectasis) or a collapsed lung (pneumothorax).
Sometimes asthma does not
respond to treatment because children are not taking their medicines or are not taking them correctly, are not avoiding triggers, and are otherwise not following their
asthma action plan. It is very important that you and other caregivers make
sure your child is following his or her action plan to keep asthma from getting
worse and to reduce the
risk of death from asthma.
asthma plans, most children who have asthma can live a healthy, full life.