Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Children Asthma

Lately you would have noticed that your child coughs ( frequent coughs during the night) wheezes and has breathing problem. These symptoms indicate that your child has asthma. It is a very common disease in babies and children.

When your child gets asthma, the tubes that bring air to the lungs are irritated and swollen which affects your child to breathe. You may also find that your child makes a whistle sound when he or she breathes.

How to tell if your child has asthma?

It might be difficult to determine this. But there is a great chance that your child may get asthma if he or she coughs frequently for a reason if you, your spouse or even your family has asthma and allergy history.

How to prevent asthma attacks?

1. Avoid asthma attacks by keeping your child away from the allergens which are the triggers of the disease. Dust, mold, pollen, air pollution, tobacco smoke, strong emotions, sinus infections, spray-on deodorants, cold air, and viral infection are among these allergens.

2. Prevent your child from stuffed animals, carpets and anything that can easily catch dust.

3. Smoke can annoy your child’s respiration, so if you have a fireplace, try to avoid it.

4. If the weather or the air is not good, keep your child indoor.

5. Let your child join in normal activities but not strenuous exercises.

How to treat asthma?

Nebulizer is a common medication for asthma patients but it should be used as directed by your pediatrician or asthma specialist.

He may also prescribe drugs so called quick-reliever to stop an attack that make your child breath easier. Another kind of drugs, known as controllers, will be prescribed to prevent an attack. Your doctor may help you decide which is best for your child.

It is very important that you always prepare for proper medications at all times. However, if you do not have any when the attacks strike, go right away to the emergency room to get an immediate treatment. Remember asthma can result to a fatal condition if not treated well or is delayed.

Lastly above all, the best advice is to communicate with the doctor on how to prepare an action plan for prevention and control of asthma attacks.