Asthma in children

Asthma is one the most common chronic illnesses among children and is responsible for many missed school days, emergency department visits and hospital stays. Dr. Christie Michael, an allergist and immunologist at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, cares for kids with asthma. She says that while asthma can’t be cured, symptoms can be controlled. Watch this video to learn more. 

Symptoms

Parents should watch for wheezing, which happens when the airways constrict and airflow is limited when exhaling. This can happen during times of exertion, like exercise, or in the middle of the night while the child is sleeping. Dr. Michael says parents should watch for coughing too as a symptom of asthma. Because children can’t always articulate what their experiencing, parents should watch for complaints of stomach pain, back pain and thirst.

Treatment

There are two types of medications for asthma.

1. A rescue inhaler which is used in times of cough, wheeze or chest tightness to relax the airways

2. An inhaler used twice daily medication to prevent the Inflammation of the airways

If you think your child might have asthma, talk to your pediatrician to learn more.

Asthma