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Preventing Asthma Attacks in Children

Preventing Asthma Attacks Preventing Asthma Attacks in Children

Every year, many people die from asthma attacks. Preventing asthma attacks is imperative for those who are at risk, or those who are predisposed to the condition. For children, this is really a must. Continue reading

Sinusitis in Children

Sinusitis in ChildrenSinusitis in Children

 

Sinusitis in children is actually common. However, because its symptoms are like that of a common cold, they often go undetected. Continue reading

Basic Info on Ear Infection In Children

Ear Infection in Children Ear Infection In Children

Ear infection in children is often caused by bacteria. This happens whenever fluids start building up right behind the eardrum. According to statistics, three out of four children would be experiencing an ear infection at some time up till the age of three. Continue reading

Asthma Symptoms in Children

Asthma Symptoms in ChildrenAsthma Symptoms in Children

 

Asthma, while common, is one condition that parents need to be wary about. There have been many instances of death caused by asthma, which makes it a dangerous condition especially if left untreated. Adults often fare better since they do know whenever they are suffering from an attack and can act quickly. Children on the other hand need to be closely monitored since they may not always know that they need immediate medical care.

 

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the common childhood asthma signs and symptoms include:

 

  • Frequent, intermittent coughing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest congestion or tightness
  • Chest pain, particularly in younger children

 

Other signs and symptoms of childhood asthma include:

 

  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • Bouts of coughing or wheezing that get worse with a respiratory infection, such as a cold or the flu
  • Delayed recovery or bronchitis after a respiratory infection
  • Trouble breathing that may limit play or exercise
  • Fatigue, which can be caused by poor sleep

 

Source: Mayo Clinic

 

While asthma may be controlled, worse things may happen especially when it comes to children. There is a tendency of an asthma attack whenever the signs and symptoms aren’t noticed.

 

Based on an article published in NHS, a severe asthma attack usually develops slowly, taking 6 to 48 hours to become serious. However, for some children, asthma symptoms can get worse quickly.

 

Be aware of any signs of worsening asthma in your child. These may include:

 

  • your child becoming more wheezy, tight chested or breathless
  • the reliever inhaler (usually blue) not helping as much as usual
  • a drop in peak expiratory flow rate (see diagnosing asthma in children for more information)

 

If you notice your child’s symptoms getting worse, do not ignore them. Contact your GP or asthma clinic, or consult their asthma action plan, if they have one.

 

Signs of a severe asthma attack include:

 

  • the reliever inhaler does not help symptoms at all
  • the symptoms (wheezing, coughing, tight chest) will be severe and constant
  • breathing very fast and too breathless to complete a sentence in one breath or too breathless to talk or feed
  • a racing pulse
  • feeling agitated or restless
  • lips or finger nails may turn blue

 

Source: NHS

 

The best thing for parents is to be aware of the things that are felt by their children. When they tend to complain about something, check it out. It might already be a sign of asthma.

Fact: There are Many Children With Diabetes

Children with DiabetesFact: There are Many Children With Diabetes

 

Every day, a lot of new cases of children with diabetes are reported. This is primarily due to  “lifestyle” factors. With fast food, sweets, chocolates, ice creams and pastries becoming part of their daily routine, it is a natural consequence for them to be at a high risk for diabetes, even at a young age. Continue reading

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