Asthma affects people regardless of how old they are. It is known to begin during childhood, though. Surveys conducted among Americans show that close to a third of individuals with asthma are children.
The severity of an asthma attack may differ from one episode to another. In some episodes, the child may find it so difficult to breathe, and may feel chest pains so bad that parents’ hearts may seem to break at seeing their child suffer so. At other times, the child may get by with negligible discomforts.
The specific causes of asthma still have to be determined. Professionals in this field, however, opine that there are contributory factors that make a child more likely to develop an asthmatic condition.
One factor is genetic. The predisposition to asthma can be inherited. If one or more members of the family have asthma, the more likely a child is to also go through the chronic irritation and swelling of the lungs’ passageways.
Another factor is the environment to which the child is exposed. There are certain things which seem to invite asthma attacks. Dust and pollen are typical examples. This is why most children are likely to have frequent attacks during summer. The constant presence of things like cockroaches, cats, and birds may also cause asthma; minute scales from the hair, feathers, or skin of such animals and organisms resulting in attacks. This is why doctors do not recommend asthma-prone kids to maintain pets at home.
On the other hand, an extremely sterile environment is also likely to predispose a child to asthma. Such an environment is said to be too germ-free that it hinders a child from developing a strong immune system.
There is no absolute cure for asthma in children. There are things you, or your child, can do, however, so that the symptoms are better managed. If you have a plan of action in place, the more able you are to readily cope with asthmatic episodes as they occur. You can deal with the attack from a position of strength. In this manner, you are likely to minimize the extent of the harm that it causes, as well as limit how long the episode will last.
First, educate your child about asthma. The more he knows about his condition, the better able he is to give you the help and support necessary to quell asthma on its tracks
Second, determine what the obstacles are and find how you can go around them. Make sure that you can call or get in touch with your doctor in case of a severe asthma attack. Or at the very least, you should by now know what exact steps to take and what medications to give. Make sure that you have a comfortable supply of things or medicines required to help ease the situation in case of an episode. If your child has compelling worries about his condition, it is best to talk to your doctor about what can be done to appease his apprehensions.
Third, teach your child that asthma is not a debilitating condition. Although you should make him aware of the care he should take and the limitations he should bear in mind, overall, the quality of his life should not be severely affected by asthma. He should be supported to engage in physical activities and exercise. This will toughen him and improve his cardiovascular and respiratory systems and make him stronger to face asthma attacks if they occur.2016-08-04