Asthma in Children

Children with asthma have airways that are almost always swollen is a condition that affects the airways. It is caused by the inflammation of the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. This makes the tubes temporarily narrow. When these inflamed airways come into contact with an asthma trigger, symptoms of asthma appear. Asthma symptoms include:

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • a tight chest
  • shortness of breath

Asthma triggers can include:

  • Colds, flu
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Exercise
  • Allergies to pollen, fur or feathery animals
  • House-dust mites

1 in 11 children are currently receiving treatment for asthma. Sadly, in 2015, 1,468 people died from asthma ( As scary as these statistics are, there are treatments available to help ease the symptoms. If taken properly, the condition can be contained and children can lead full active lives. If your child is struggling to breath or is experiencing an attack, you should:

  • Encourage the child to use their inhaler- up to a maximum of 10 puffs every 30-60 seconds. They should always have it with them.
  • Stay calm and keep the child relaxed.
  • Breathe with the child, slowly and deeply. Some children find it easier to sit upright. Lying flat on the back does not help.
  • If symptoms persist call an ambulance on 999.

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