Having a child with Asthma can be scary because an Asthma attack can happen without any warning. When your child has an Asthma attack, you may notice coughing and wheezing and they may complain of chest tightness or shortness of breath. That’s because during an asthma attack, your child’s bronchial tubes become narrow and airflow in and out of the lung is blocked.
The good news is, while Asthma can’t be cured, it can be controlled.
Asthma is typically treated with two types of medicines:
- Long-term control medicines: taken daily and help reduce airway inflammation and prevent asthma symptoms.
- Quick-relief (Rescue) medicines: relieve asthma symptoms right when they flare up.
Your child is less likely to have Asthma attacks if he or she takes asthma preventive medicine every day. Be sure to talk with your child’s Pediatrician about any medication questions or concerns. If you don’t have a Pediatrician, let us help you find one.
Avoiding Asthma triggers is another way to keep Asthma attacks from occurring. Common triggers are pollen, mold, tobacco smoke and animal dander. Children with other types of allergies may be more prone to Asthma.
Remember: If your child has trouble walking or talking because he or she is out of breath or has blue lips or fingernails, you should head to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
Not all children with Asthma will suffer for life. Some children outgrow Asthma during young adulthood. By being aware of symptoms and triggers, and being careful to take medications as directed, you can help your Asthmatic child live a full and happy childhood.