Introduction to Asthma and Asthma Symptoms – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1 of 7)
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By Adem Lewis / in , , /


>>I WAS 8 YEARS OLD WHEN I
NOTICED I COULDN’T JUMP ROPE, RUN, LIKE MY FRIENDS.>>I’VE BEEN COUGHING,
BEEN WHEEZY. I SNEEZE A LOT.>>SHE HAD THIS CONTINUOUS
HACKING COUGH. IT WAS SCARY. SHE COULDN’T
CATCH HER BREATH.>>HE GOT SO SICK AT ONE POINT
HE ENDED UP BEING BROUGHT TO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
BY AMBULANCE.>>SO I PUT HER IN THE CAR TO
TAKE HER TO THE HOSPITAL, AND SHE KEPT SAYING, “MOM,
WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT.”>>THE WAY HE WAS
I WAS SAYING, “MAN, HE’S NOT GOING TO BE
ABLE TO HAVE A, YOU KNOW, JUST GO TO SCHOOL.”>>BECAUSE AFTER I HAD AVERY,
MY INTENT WAS TO GO BACK TO WORK, AND I NEVER
WENT BACK TO WORK. I HAD TO END UP STAYING HOME
BECAUSE HE WAS SICK SO OFTEN.>>AND THEY DIAGNOSED
HER WITH ASTHMA.>>WE JUST WANTED HIM
TO BE A NORMAL KID.>>ASTHMA–IT’S A
COMMON PROBLEM, ONE THAT AFFECTS MILLIONS
OF CHILDREN NATIONWIDE AND CAUSES MANY EMERGENCY
VISITS AND HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS EVERY YEAR. BUT ASTHMA DOESN’T HAVE
TO RULE YOUR CHILD’S LIFE. BY CONSISTENTLY FOLLOWING
SOME SIMPLE STEPS, YOU CAN DO A GREAT DEAL
TO REDUCE DAILY SYMPTOMS AND HELP YOUR CHILD
CONTROL THEIR ASTHMA. IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES, YOU
WILL HEAR FROM PHYSICIANS WHO WORK WITH FAMILIES EVERY
DAY HELPING THEM LEARN TO BEST WAYS TO CONTROL
THEIR CHILDREN’S ASTHMA. YOU’LL ALSO HEAR FROM
PARENTS AND CHILDREN WHO WILL DESCRIBE HOW THEY HAVE
SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT ASTHMA UNDER CONTROL. >>ASTHMA IS A CHRONIC
DISEASE OF THE LUNGS, AND IT CAN OCCUR AS
EARLY AS SIX MONTHS. IT CAN OCCUR LATER
IN LIFE AS WELL.>>NORMALLY, THE WAY YOUR LUNG
FUNCTIONS IS THAT YOU HAVE AIRWAYS THAT GO FROM
YOUR MOUTH INTO YOUR LUNGS, AND THEY END UP IN
LITTLE AIR SACS. IN THE NORMAL LUNG
THOSE TUBES ARE WIDE OPEN. IT MAKES IT VERY EASY FOR
AIR TO FLOW IN AND OUT. IN SOMEBODY WITH
ASTHMA THOSE TUBES, OR AIRWAYS, ARE NARROW
BECAUSE THE WALL OF THE TUBE IS INFLAMED, SO THAT MAKES
IT MORE DIFFICULT TO BREATHE IN SOMEONE WITH ASTHMA. IT’S LIKE BREATHING
THROUGH A STRAW.>>CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA
CAN HAVE DIFFERENT SIGNS, ALSO KNOWN AS SYMPTOMS,
THAT SHOW THEIR ASTHMA IS NOT WELL CONTROLLED. COMMON SYMPTOMS
OF ASTHMA ARE WHEEZE, A WHISTLING
NOISE IN THE CHEST, COUGH,
ESPECIALLY LATE AT NIGHT, SHORTNESS OF BREATH,
AND CHEST TIGHTNESS.>>ASTHMA CAN LOOK
MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. SOME CHILDREN MAY
COUGH WITH THEIR ASTHMA. SOME CHILDREN WHEEZE. SOME CHILDREN WORK REALLY
HARD TO BREATHE USING THEIR CHEST MUSCLES AND
THEIR STOMACH MUSCLES.>>THEY MAY COUGH
WHEN THEY EXERCISE. THEY MAY COUGH WHEN THEY
GO OUT IN THE COLD AIR.>>HE’D STEP OUTSIDE. HE’D RUN ACROSS
THE YARD ONE TIME. HE’S COUGHING. WE GOT TO PICK HIM UP AND
BRING HIM IN THE HOUSE.>>WHEN THEY GET A COLD,
THE COLD MAY JUST NOT SEEM TO GO AWAY.>>COUGHING OR AWAKING
AFTER MIDNIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, THAT’S THE
MOST SEVERE SYMPTOM.


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