What Parents Need to Know About Asthma

Considered as the most common chronic illness among children, asthma is dreaded for its devastating effects on a child’s health.  The alarming experience of seeing your child coughing incessantly and struggling to breathe is a nightmare of every parent.

Here’s a helpful guide about asthma and how you can help your child fight the terrifying illness.

  1. Any kid can develop asthma but some have increased risk

Research reveals that 1 in 10 children in the U.S. has asthma and that girls are more likely to suffer from it than boys.  More so, residing in crowded and highly polluted areas with poor air quality and dust problems can also increase the risk of a child in developing asthma.

  1. Asthma is difficult to diagnose

Ann Wu, a pediatrician and asthma researcher at Harvard Medical School said that “Asthma is difficult to diagnose before age five.” says.  She added that prior to hitting their fifth birthdays, they may be diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infections or pneumonia.

  1. Coughing at night is a good indicator of asthma

The absence of a diagnostic test for asthma results to a tough diagnosis of the chronic illness but note that recurring symptoms like night coughing, chest pain, and difficulty in breathing are prime indicators that your child has it.

  1. Asthma triggers can be found everywhere 

There is no guarantee that your child is protected from asthma anywhere you go.  Exposure to cold air, animal dander, dust and secondhand smoke are warning signs that increase the danger of wheezing symptoms in your children.  

  1. Consistency is the key

Studies reveal that the recurring ER trips of asthmatic kids are due to improper and inconsistent administration of their medications.  That said, it is recommended that parents should adhere to the regular check-ups of their kids with their doctors and also monitor their health in school.