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Controlling Asthma in Children

Updated on November 6, 2015

Asthma is a common problem in babies and children. Approximately 5-10 percent of children or 5 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma. The most common symptom is recurrent coughing, wheezing sound, and difficulty breathing.

Although currently there is no cure for asthma, but asthma can be controlled to minimize symptoms and reduce its recurrence rate. With good control, children can continue their activities as other children, joined sports and even compete with other children.

Children with asthma have a sensitivity in the airways, if there is something that triggers such as smoke, dust, pets, exercise and other weight, it will cause the airways to narrow and restrict the incoming air to and from the lungs, thus making it harder to breathe.This can be brief or repetitive that cause an asthma attack again.

Asthma in children is also divided into several types :

1. Type of intermittent, if asthma symptoms only occur two times a month, at this stage require only short-acting bronchodilators.

2. Type of mild persistent, if asthma symptoms more than once a week but not every day, usually treat with daily controller or anti-inflammatory drugs.

3. Type of moderate persistent, if asthma symptoms occur almost every day and interfere with daily activities and sleep time, then the child should treat with a daily controller or anti-inflammatory drugs and long acting bronchodilator.

4. Type of severe persistent, if asthma symptoms have been ongoing and has been very disturbing it must treat by pediatricians pulmonologis section.

American Lung Association offers tips for controlling asthma in children:

1. Keep children from all things that can trigger asthma such as allergens, dust, cigarette smoke and heavy activity.

2. Talk to your pediatrician about medication to control asthma.

3. Consider matters relating to allergies, there are several studies linking allergies to the recurrence rate of asthma in children.

4. Give understanding to the children about how to manage asthma, including the use of asthma inhalers and how to evaluate breathing with a 'peak flow monitor'.

5. Review the results of treatment for 3-6 months with your pediatrician.


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    • WriterDJ profile image

      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      Sherrylou57 you are right, sometimes the situation difficult to avoid. Need people aware to people health surround them

    • sherrylou57 profile image

      sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

      Great information on Asthma, and as we live in the smog breathing the bad air, and with parents who smoke around their children is not good.

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      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      Thanks Seeker7, yes I believe it too.

      Too many drugs consumption in a long period, furthermore most drugs have properties that are not soluble in water, so needs to be processed in the liver to water soluble so it is easy to be excreted from the body through the kidneys in the form of urine.

      So implement a healthy lifestyle is the right way.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Excellent hub and full of useful information.

      It is a horrible illness. One of my younger sisters has had it since she was very young. Now due to repeated courses of steroids and the inhalers, she has been tested for osteoporosis, as asthma medicines can have an impact on bone density later in life. Hopefully parents who have children with asthma will read hubs like yours and be better informed about how to look after their children with asthma. Many thanks for sharing this information.

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      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      Yes, being sick is hard experience for a child what ever the sickness. Take care Brinafr3sh

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Thanks, having asthma as a child is not good. A few things can trigger the asthma, especially secound hand smoke.