Asthma is the most common lung childhood condition. It is estimated to affect as many as 20% of Canadian children and youth (1 in 5 kids!) Fortunately, most forms of asthma in children are mild to moderate – and can be treated with simple, easy-to-use medications prescribed by your doctor.
For a parent, witnessing a child having an asthma attack is frightening as they struggle to breathe. Children with asthma display symptoms such as wheezing, severe shortness of breath, persistent cough and tightness in the chest. They may have difficulty sleeping when experiencing an attack, and miss school or social activities. If your child shows any of these signs (for the first time) you should visit your pediatrician or an emergency clinic as soon as possible.
Common triggers include exposure to:
Common risk factors can be:
While we still don’t know exactly why children are prone to developing asthma in early childhood, we have identified several risk factors. This includes:
Most patients can control asthma and live completely normal lives using puffer medication (inhalers). Your child can still play sports, enjoy the outdoors or be around pets.