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A How-To Guide: Pediatric Asthma

If you have a child with pediatric asthma, you understand just how frightening this can be at times, the importance of medications and pediatric asthma management. The number of pediatric asthma cases is rising around the world, and there are many different things that can trigger an attack in children. Triggers can include allergies, air pollution, changes in the atmosphere, colds and other illnesses, exercise, cigarette smoke, and many others. Children are more commonly affected than adults because of smaller airways and more sensitivity. With a child who is severely affected, an asthma attack can be very serious, even life threatening. Pediatric asthma management can include medicines and life changes, such as getting rid of pets, using an air system that filters out allergens and pollutants, avoiding strenuous exercises, and others.

Pediatric Asthma

Pediatric asthma medications can include pills, inhalers, and other forms. Sometimes mild sedatives or muscle relaxers may be required if an attack becomes severe. One patient with pediatric asthma may only get slight symptoms that can be bothersome but only mild, where another patient may suffer an attack so severe that their oxygen levels are compromised and medical attention is needed immediately.

If your child suffers from this condition, it is important to keep all appointments with the doctor, give any prescribed medicines as directed, and keep your child away from any possible triggers. It is also important that your child’s school and any caregivers are aware of the condition and what to do if an attack happens when you are not there.

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.