What is Childhood Asthma?
Childhood asthma is a condition where the airways and lungs inflame easily when exposed to certain triggers. These triggers could vary from airborne pollen or catching a cold to a respiratory infection.
What are the Symptoms of Childhood Asthma?
Childhood Asthma could cause a number of bothersome symptoms that could affect day-to-day activities, school, sports, play and even sleep. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
- Wheezing, a whistling sound when exhaling
- Feeling short of breath
- Frequent, intermittent coughing
- Trouble sleeping caused by wheezing, shortness of breath or coughing
- Fatigue caused due to poor sleep
- Chest tightness or congestion
- Chest pain, especially in younger children
- Trouble breathing that could limit play or exercise
Asthma symptoms vary from child to child and could get better or worse over time.
What Causes Childhood Asthma?
The specific cause of asthma is yet not known. Some common triggers or causes of childhood asthma include:
- Inherited traits
- Certain airway infections at a very young age
- Being exposed to environmental factors such as air pollution or tobacco smoke
- Being allergic to dust mites, pollen, pet dander, or mould
- Viral infections such as the common cold
- Cold air or weather changes
- Physical activity
Sometimes asthma may occur despite no apparent triggers.
How is childhood asthma diagnosed?
Childhood asthma could be tough to diagnose as a number of childhood conditions have symptoms similar to asthma. To diagnose asthma, a Lung Function Test may be conducted to check for the efficiency of your child’s lungs. An allergy skin test or allergy blood test may also be done to check if the asthma is triggered by allergies.
How is Childhood Asthma Treated ?
While asthma cannot be completely treated, it can be effectively managed. Managing asthma involves both, preventing symptoms and treating an asthma attack. A combination of long-term medication, quick-relief medication and allergy medication may be prescribed to manage your child’s asthma effectively. Asthma medication may be given through an asthma inhaler, orally or injected.
At Apollo Clinic, we understand how childhood asthma can affect a child’s daily life. We are equipped with latest technologies, excellent infrastructure and modern amenities to manage childhood asthma effectively. Our eminent team of doctors and support staff have the requisite skill and expertise in handling children and providing superior quality care. If you suspect that your child is asthmatic, seek professional medical intervention at the earliest.