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Managing Asthma In Children

Asthma affects around 7 million children in the U.S., and is the leading cause of chronic illness, with most children having the first symptoms by age 5. For reasons that are not yet understood, cases of asthma have been increasing. Experts suggest it could be from kids spending more time indoors and being exposed to dust, pollution and secondhand smoke, or from a lack of exposure to enough bacteria and viruses to strengthen their immune system.

Because asthma symptoms can very from episode to episode, it's important to know all the potential symptoms, which can include any of the following problem signs:
  •     Shortness or loss of breath
  •     Chronic coughing spells
  •     Low energy during physical activity
  •     Intermittent rapid breathing
  •     Tightness or pain in the chest
  •     Wheezing sounds when breathing in or out
  •     Feeling weak or tired
These are just some of the symptoms of asthma and they could be symptoms of other conditions, be may be other causes. Allergies can also show many of the same symptoms as asthma. Your doctor should evaluate the child to find the underlying cause of any illness that restricts your child's airways. Your doctor will make a diagnosis based on medical history, symptoms, and a physical exam.

If your child is diagnosed with asthma, your doctor or a specialist can provide guidelines for controlling and managing the disease so they can avoid triggers and lead as normal a life as possible. In some cases medications may be prescribed to treat the asthma. Depending on the child's age, they may use inhaled asthma drugs or liquid medications delivered with an asthma nebulizer.


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