What are the risk factors of asthma in children?

As a parent, you always want to make sure you keep your children as safe and healthy as possible. When it comes to your children’s health, you are especially careful. Many children suffer from asthma, but the good news is that you can learn the common risk factors of this ailment. The following are all asthma risk factors in children—many of which you can control.
  • Low birth weight: While you certainly cannot guarantee that your child will have an average weight at birth, you can make sure that you lead a healthy pregnancy. Statistics show that children that are born with a low birth rate are at a higher rate for developing asthma as a young child. This is because oftentimes, children who are born premature, or very small, suffer from underdeveloped lungs, causing this problem later in life. In addition, some studies also suggest that children who are born during the winter months are also at a greater risk for developing asthma.
  • Allergies or a History of Allergies: You also cannot control that fact that your child (or someone in your family) suffers from allergies, but you can reduce allergy inducers in your home. If your child suffers from allergies, then you might want to be aware that asthma could develop. Find out what your child is allergic to and reduce that factor in your home.
  • Recurrent Respiratory Problems: Children that suffer from recurring respiratory problems such as problems with the throat, frequent ear infections and coughing can all contribute to asthma. Not all of these are illnesses that you can completely prevent, but when you are concerned with asthma, take care to make sure your child washes his or her hands during the cold season. Antibacterial hand gel is also helpful for preventing or reducing some respiratory infections.
  • Second hand smoke: Smoking is something that you can control around your child. Children that are exposed to second hand smoke both before and after birth are much more likely to develop asthma than those who are not. If you are pregnant, stop smoking and make sure others do not smoke around you.
Reduce the chances of your child developing asthma by taking precautions now.

answered by A K

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