Asthma in child is common and about 1 to 2 percent of all children get chronic asthma during childhood.
Even though it is not completely cured, it can almost be controlled.
The better you understand asthma in child, the better you will be able to control it.
Causes of asthma in child:
- As asthma tends to run in families, your child may be affected with asthma.
- The cause of asthma in child is due to the air pollution, animal dander, cockroach droppings and dust mites.
- Exposure to smoke is also an important cause of asthma in child.
- If your child is having infections caused by virus such as cold and flu.
- If there are changes in weather.
- Emotions such as fear, excitement or anger can cause asthma in child.
- Play and exercise, especially in cold weather.
Signs and symptoms of asthma in child:
- Wheezing, which is a whistling sound especially noticeable as your child breathes out.
- Shortness of breath
- If your child can’t play or exercise normally with other children
- If your child’s sleep is disturbed because of wheezing and coughing
- Chest congestion and tightness
- Frequent respiratory infections
Wheezing may be mild to severe and it can easily heard by you. Your child may appear to breathe normally and quietly to you but your doctor can identify the signs of narrowed airways by listening to the child’s chest with stethoscope.
The wheeze can be easily recognized when your child is breathing out and it is present all the time, after exercise or during a viral infection. The wheezing may be worse frequently at night or in the early morning.
Coughing is the cause of asthma in child and older children may cough thick yellow sputum. The coughing can occur after physical exercise or at night. Sometimes cough can disturb the child’s sleep and the child may wake up often during the night. Due to the cough, child may not participate in the games and sports activities at school.
Tightness in the chest is the cause of asthma in child. Due to this symptom, children often feel tired or may lose their appetite.
Some children may wheeze or cough several times a year along with cold and some may experience the symptoms daily. Some children with asthma never wheezes and five percent of children have only cough as the symptom.
You can learn to recognize the symptoms of asthma in child, as child develop a pattern of symptoms. Special breathing tests can be helpful to assess asthma in older children. But if the child is below six years, the diagnosis should be based on the history of child’s symptoms.
As time passes, you can recognize the early signs and symptoms of asthma. To understand what happens during an asthma attack to your child’s body, you have to understand the symptoms.
Asthma in child can be treated by reducing the symptoms of asthma, severe asthma attacks, and triggers. Asthma in child can be treated by the medications prescribed by the doctor and medications should be given properly on time.