Asthma is not a very easy disease to diagnose among children due to various factors. About 10% -15% of Indian children from the ages of 5 to 11 suffer from this condition. In fact, it is one of the major reasons for children visiting the hospital in their early years. Although, it can be caused by environmental factors, children with a history of this disease in their family are more likely to develop it.

Precipitating Factors

Some factors that make children more prone to develop asthma:
1. If the have allergies
2. If they are female
3. If they have a parent or sibling with the condition
4. If they are are exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke
5. If are overweight or obese

Common Symptoms for Asthma

Here are some common symptoms for asthma among children:
1. Coughing, especially at night
2. A wheezing or whistling sound, especially when breathing out
3. Trouble breathing or fast breathing that causes the skin around the ribs or neck to pull in tightly
4. Frequent colds that settle in the chest
If these symptoms recur, make sure your child is diagnosed by an experienced doctor.

Prevention

How to keep track of your child’s condition Ensuring his/her well being:
1. List out all the substances or conditions that trigger asthma attacks.
2. Make a list of your child’s medication and ensure they take them on the prescribed frequency.
3. List out the severity of the attacks and the signs that signify the severity of the attack.
4. Always keep, within reach, phone numbers of ambulance services and nearby hospitals in case of a severe attack.
5. If the child is attending school, notify his/her teachers on the condition and give them your emergency contact details.
6. Always keep an inhaler in hand.

If you’re worried your child might have asthma, make sure you speak to your pediatrician or allergist. They can help you come up with an effective action plan. This will help you keep your child’s condition under control, know when to change their medication and when they need emergency medical care. With the right treatment, your child can sleep peacefully at night, focus on their education and most importantly breathe easily.

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