Asthma

Asthma in children is a chronic condition which can block the airways.

Common Symptoms

It is difficult to identify the symptoms of Asthma as they could be easily confused with bronchitis infection. Hence, you should consult child specialist so that he/she can physically examine for symptoms in detail.

Common signs for Asthma include –

  • Frequent Coughing
  • Wheezing while breathing in/out
  • Fast breathing, Trouble breathing, Shortness of breath
  • Recurrent cold in the chest
  • Less energy during play
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Complaint of chest pain or chest tightening

Causes

There are many triggers for asthma in children. Some of the common causes include-

  • Respiratory Infection Flu, the common cold
  • Allergens like Pollens, Dust mites, Food, Pet Danders etc
  • Irritants like smoke, cold air, perfumes, chemicals, paint odours, air pollutants etc when inhaled can cause Asthma
  • Diseases like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Emotional or physical factors (exercise) can also result in asthma attack in younger children

How to Prevent It

  • Avoiding upper respiratory infections.
  • Treating upper respiratory infections promptly.
  • Carefully managing your allergies.
  • Avoiding cigarette smoke and other pollutants.