Childhood Asthma: What Is It?
24
August

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


[MUSIC PLAYING] DR. WOLF: I have seen
children with severe obstruction to their breathing.
Walk in quite comfortable, quite calm and totally
unaware of the fact that they are close to
stopping breathing. DR. PALFREY: Asthma is a
condition that affects children when their breathing tubes
get very, very tight. MAUREEN: When you have an
asthma attack three things happen inside your
airways or lungs. The first thing is the bands on the
outside tighten and squeeze. Second thing, there is a
swelling inside your airways and the third thing is
you form a lot of mucus. DR. WOLF: Coughing is
in fact the most frequent symptom of
asthma in children. Children present
with coughing in a particular pattern.
They have a cough at night. They cough when
they go out and try to play sports. They cough
for a long period after they get a cold. BARBARA: Triggers are the
things that cause asthma symptoms and make
breathing difficult. Some of the most common
indoor asthma triggers include second-hand smoke,
dust mites, mold, cockroaches, household pets, and even
fuel-burning appliances. PAUL: There are several
types of medication a child could be taking that can
quiet the inflammation that’s involved in asthma.
It’s important that you keep in close contact with your
physician while your child is being treated. DR. WOLF: Controller
medications are to be taken everyday and they
basically control the underlying problem of asthma.
Quick relief medications or rescue medications
are different. They are rescuing the patient
from the acute episode. DR. PALFREY: When a child
is diagnosed with asthma, of course the first thought
that goes through a parents mind is “oh my goodness,
he’s not going to be able to do his sports, to play with other children.”
That is absolutely not true. Children with asthma
can do anything. PAUL: A child with asthma
can have a very active life as long as their
asthma is controlled. But we have excellent
examples of children who are high-performing
athletes in school. There are professional
athletes with asthma and if your asthma is
well controlled, there is not any reason your child
can’t do anything he or she wants to do. [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC ENDS]


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