Asthma is a medical condition that is characterized by respiratory complications. Asthma can begin at any age; however, most children develop symptoms before the age of 5. Some of the common symptoms include frequent coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, fatigue and tiredness.
HOW IS ASTHMA IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
While it is difficult to diagnose asthma for very small children, a pediatrician can diagnose the issue for more grown up children with the help of lung or breathing tests. Besides checking the extent of inflammation, the doctor can also check the nitric oxide levels in the child’s breath.
HOW IS ASTHMA IN CHILDREN TREATED?
While there is no cure for asthma, symptoms can typically be improved. The most effective treatment for asthma is identifying triggers, such as cigarette smoke, pets, or aspirin, and eliminating exposure to them. If trigger avoidance is insufficient, the use of medication is recommended. Additionally, the use of bronchodilators is recommended for short-term respite from acute asthma attacks.
DID YOU KNOW?
Immunotherapy can bring down allergy based asthma.