Asthma is not only one of the most terrifying afflictions a child can have ; its also one of the most common. It strikes when the airways in the lungs become irritated. The throat passage narrows, becoming red and inflamed, it produces extra mucus and gets clogged. Breathing is hard..
A year ago we had a scare of our life when our boy exhibited some symptoms of asthma attack,, he was wheezing and breathing heavily.. We knew that something wasn't right,, he was not his usual self and he was just too tired to do things.. My quick thinking husband decided to rush him in the hospital , and true enough , our boy was having an asthma attack.. s far as we know we don't have a family history of asthma on both sides of the family ; but we knew that he has eczema ( a form of dermatitis) since he was still a baby and its prevalent during Winter time. and we found out that he is allergic to CATS... and they said that it can be a trigger for Asthma .. So my poor boy who stayed overnight in the hospital has to be monitored till his breathing becomes normal and he was prescribed to use the Oral Inhalers..
And luckily enough he he's doing well ,, and hopefully no more asthma attacks ...
Recent research shows that dust mite are a common trigger for asthma . I 've seen a TV series about prevention of asthma attack by avoiding dust mites at home...
They also say that there is a link between Stress and Asthma ..
In younger child, common triggers would be viral infections, coughs, house dust, mites, mould, pets ,, pollens, passive smoking - even exercise. If children are getting persistent coughs and episode of chest infections , these are warning signs and means its well worth a visit to your Doctor..
While the cure depends on finding the causes of the disease , its reassuring that symptoms can be tamed...
Some FACTS about ASTHMA in children by Asthma Foundation Australia
* For children , asthma is the most common cause of admission to hospital for treatment
* Asthma commonly develops between the ages of two and seven
* 50% of children who develop asthma will no longer have symptoms by their late teens
* 25% of children in Australia and New Zealand have Asthma
* Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled
* Talk to your doctor if your child has wheezing that happens more than once, constant or intermittent bouts of coughing thats get worse at night or other breathing problems that are concern to you.
* 60% of parents don't have an Asthma Action Plan
* All parents with asthmatic children should ask their family doctor for a written Asthma Action plan, this will help you recognize worsening symptoms , Start treatment quickly and seek the right medical assistance.
Sources from Small Wonders Australia