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Two Simple Tips To Help You Identify and Treat Infant Asthma

Aug 17, 2007
Please take extra caution and observe if your child seems to be continuously coughing, even long after the cold has healed, then it is time to bring your child to a doctor immediately.

This may indicate that he or she may be having first traces of infant asthma which is common in children between 5 to 12 years old. There are particular cases in which this form of asthma affects children that are even younger.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a serious lung ailment leading to an allergic inflammation of the lungs. There are many reasons of how a child may be a victim of infant asthma.

What Are Asthma Attacks?

Asthma attacks among children are generally triggered by dust mites, pollens, certain type of molds, animal and soft toy furs, open-fire smoke, cigarette smoke, flour kept open in the kitchen, paints, certain chemicals, vigorous workout or excessive movements, sudden room-temperature changes, indigestion of food and many more.

But how do see if your child is having infant asthma? Basically there are a few symptoms for you to identify, and immediately take action by treating it before it gets worse. Infant asthma can be a serious condition if left untreated.

Tip #1 - How To Identify the disease

If you see your child having cough for an abnormal period, especially more than two weeks after the cold have healed; then it is time to act. Seek medical treatment immediately, and besides that clean your house of dust mites or any other reasons that you possibly suspect would be the cause of the asthma.

Besides that, according to research children who are exposed to even one course of antibiotics during their first year of childhood may be more at risk of developing infant asthma. Check for this in the child's medical check-up reports and see if this can be a cause.

If you realize that your child seems to have coughing fits and shortness of breath while playing, or wheezes frequently at night and wakes up with coughing fits, or every time he catches a cold it turns into several days of wheezing or occasional complaints of tight chest and difficulty of breathing, or can't tolerate active sports, or the chest sucks in below the ribs or below the neck when your child inhales, then the child should seek a medical check-up immediately.

Tip #2 - Treating and Curing

An asthma treatment is done to aim one of the types of attack, either to counter inflammation which is the swelling of the lining of the airways and soreness, and blocks the air passage, or bronchi-constriction in which the actual narrowing of the muscles due to the muscles that wrap around the air passage tightens up.

When you suspect your child of having infant asthma, consider watching over these few things.

What to watch for?

First, decide what type of asthma it may be according to the symptoms and types of attack given above.

Second, check how long the symptoms last for at least 6 months to see the symptoms' persistence.

Third, if you think your child has infant asthma visit the doctor to check for wheezing immediately.

Once confirmed, there are several treatments available. Depending on the type of the infant asthma you can take allergy prevention action, or give the child infant asthma medicines such as steroids oral liquid, tablet medicines, steroid inhalers, Cromolyn inhalers, Leukotriene Inhibitors, nebulizers, and also dry powder inhalers.

Even though you may know the two simple tips on how to identify infant asthma, treating and curing it, but all these information will be of no use if no action is being taken.

Having the knowledge is not power, applying the knowledge is true power to free yourself the agony of having asthma again. You should never add to, or alter any component of your current asthma treatment without first consulting your physician.

However, many asthmatics sometimes tend to forget that even though they may know how to identify infant asthma is simply not adequate, they should be be conscious and aware that in order to have an asthma-free lifestyle, a proper and yet effective asthma recovery system is necessary. Even without a proper asthma management system, there will not be much asthma free lifestyle to hope for.

Applying the knowledge of how to identify infact asthma with an effective asthma management system even your little one can use to enjoy asthma-free life once again.
About the Author
Eddy Kong WW is the author of a 7-day Asthma Recovery System, "How to Quickly & Effectively Treat Your Asthma Condition". Drop by at Asthma Treatment for your free copy. Also do visit his Asthma Blog .
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