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Asthma in Children - What Increases Your Risk

Risks for very bad asthma attacks

Your child may be at increased risk for severe asthma attacks if he or she:

  • Is an infant with asthma symptoms.
  • Has a history of severe symptoms, such as asthma attacks that get worse quickly and frequent nighttime symptoms.
  • Has difficulty taking medicines or often has to use short-acting beta2-agonists such as albuterol.
  • Has frequent changes in peak expiratory flow.
  • Has symptoms that last for a long time.
  • Does not use oral corticosteroids quickly enough during an attack.
  • Does not have good support from families and friends.

Triggers also may make asthma worse and may lead to asthma attacks.

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Last Updated: March 14, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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