According to the Mayo Clinic, a well-respected medical resource, and the American Family Physician, a newsletter from the American Academy of Family Physicians, childhood asthma has risen dramatically in recent decades. The American Lung Association says that in 2004 it is estimated that 4 million children under 18 years of age have had an asthma attack in the last 12 months, and many others have “hidden” or undiagnosed asthma.
Asthma is the most common cause of school absenteeism due to chronic diseases and totaled approximately 14 million lost school days. They argue that children asthma has become widespread and is now the most common chronic disease in children.
If you have children, it is important that you can identify the signs and symptoms of asthmatic condition. Understand the symptoms below “may” indicate asthma, but could be a symptom of a wide range of bronchial and lung diseases.
The most common signs and symptoms of children’s asthma are very similar to bronchitis and other respiratory infections. Symptoms include:
1. Cough. The need to cough is created by mucus that builds up and needs to be cleared. The mucus is usually caused by some kind of infection or irritation. Cough is a symptom of many childhood and adult diseases. Notice that although cough is a symptom, type of cough plays a role in understanding the cause. Simply put, a rattling or lose type cough is very different than a tight or hacking cough and both may indicate certain diseases
2. Wheezing. Wheezing is typically associated with asthma, however, all children with asthma do not necessarily wheeze. You can identify wheezing as a whistling sound made when the child breathes.
3. Chest congestion and tightness.
Although these symptoms may indicate childhood asthma, they can also point to various diseases common to children. As a parent, you can not be expected to understand how the different characteristics may interact or be able to accurately diagnose a disease, such as asthma.
Another factor to consider is the frequency. The child often cough or are ongoing or repeated bouts of respiratory infection diseases such as pneumonia or bronchitis may have childhood asthma.
As you can see, the diagnosis of the disease can only accurately be done by a doctor. Childhood asthma is a disease that has been strongly hereditary, and usually involves several factors allergies. The American Family Physician newsletter in April 2001 it was suggested that almost 80% of children with asthma can expect to have allergies. This suggests that one strategy to manage childhood asthma attacks is to control the environmental factors that can trigger an event. Those triggers can be dust, dirt, pollen and other factors. Visit the link below and get a free report on how to control on how to control and eliminate common allergy and asthma triggers in your home,