10 things to know about asthma in children

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , /

Asthma affects over half a million
Australian children and is one of the most common reasons why children have to go and see their GP or to attend the emergency department so it’s important that you know what the most common asthma symptoms are these can include shortness
of breath, wheezing, coughing. They most often occur at night
and first thing in the morning when the weather is quite cold
or during physical activity. There’s a 30% chance that if one of the parents have asthma then their child will also develop asthma these odds increase if both parents have asthma but it’s important to remember that not all
children who have parents with asthma will go on to develop asthma themselves. There is increasing evidence that children, young people and adults who are obese are more likely to develop asthma. We also know that children who have asthma report being less physically active than those children who don’t have asthma. Interestingly, children with asthma who do less physical activity seemed to have more asthma symptoms so it could be that if your child has asthma if you keep them physically active and you can maintain a healthy diet to keep their weight in the normal range you may actually decrease their asthma symptoms. Certain environmental factors can
trigger an asthma attack these include traffic pollution, but also
cigarette smoke and so it’s important not to smoke
around the family home. Allergies to things like house dust mite, grasses, pollens and pets can also trigger an asthma attack in fact 80% of children with asthma also have an allergy. There’s a strong connection between
babies having eczema and having asthma later in life. In fact, infants and young
children who have eczema are 70% more likely to go on to develop asthma than children who don’t have eczema. Shortness of breath and wheeze are the
most common asthma symptoms but persistent cough can also occur, particularly at night, in the mornings or when the weather is cold. Symptoms can occur in
children younger than five years of age but may also be due to things like croup or reflux and it’s important to talk to your doctor if these symptoms persist regularly. Viral infections such as colds or flus
cause up to 80% of asthma attacks in children. The best way to keep your children
safe is to make sure that everyone in your family has a flu vaccination every year. Asthma is a chronic health condition it never really goes away and there is no cure however, some children do seem to grow
out of their asthma. Up to one in five by the time they’re 19 may not have any symptoms and may not need an inhaler. So the best way to control your child’s
asthma is to use the right treatments at the right time. Talk to your GP, get an
asthma action plan and make sure that you update it at least once or twice a year. The best way to manage your child’s asthma is to know their triggers and how to avoid them. Talk to the GP and get an asthma action plan and make sure that you follow it. Get your asthma action plan
updated once to twice a year let your school and sporting groups know
that your child has asthma and make sure that they know what to do in case there’s an emergency.

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