Asthma Attack Children

by Sam Malone


Asthma is one of the most common, yet serious, long-term respiratory problems, which affects a person’s ability to breathe normally. This condition can be hereditary, or can be caused by infections, colds or allergens. One of the most common causes of asthma is the exposure to dust, pollution, smoke, smog, pollen and other such factors. Though many children eventually grow out of it, asthma should never be left untreated, as it can cause permanent damage to the child’s respiratory passageways. Exposure to all allergen, anxiety, as well as exertion or strenuous exercising can trigger off an asthma attack. The symptoms of an asthma attack usually include coughing, breathlessness, wheezing and tightness in the chest. Though very rare, a severe asthma attack can be fatal. Noticing the symptoms of an asthma attack in children can be quite daunting, not just for the child, but also for the parents. Parents need to get adequate information on asthma. They should educate themselves on recognizing asthma attacks and should prepare their children to deal with them, without getting nervous or scared. One factor that can aggravate an asthma attack is poor breathing exercises. Therefore, in order to prevent or even stop an asthma attack, practicing asthma breathing exercises like Pranayama and Buteyko is as essential, as choosing the foods that help cure asthma, avoiding allergens like pollen, dust and pollution and taking the required medication regularly.

The effects and severity of asthma could differ from person to person and therefore, as a parent, you should draw out a customized asthma management plan especially for your child. In case your child is a bit older, you could even have him or her involved in drawing out the plan. Make sure that your plan includes instructions on:

  • Ensuring that your child avoids asthma triggers
  • Managing your child’s medication
  • Identifying the need and details required for emergency care
  • Tracking the long-term asthma control technique for your child
  • Recognizing and treating an attack
  • Using a peak flow meter
  • Organizing regular checkups with the child’s doctor.

Based on any changes in your child’s condition, you need to be prepared to alter the plan or the medication, but do consult your child’s doctor first. Having asthma could mean that your child may not be able to participate a few sporting or social event, where physical exertion is required. However, asthma should not interfere with your child’s school, sleep or play patterns.


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