What causes asthma in children?

What causes asthma in children?

Asthma is a chronic disease, characterized by inflammation of the airways. In this video, I will explain that things like colds and allergies can trigger asthma attacks.
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Asthma in children is attributed to a combination of allergenic, environmental, genetic and physical influences. For infants and children between 1 and 4 years of age, viral infections and colds are more likely to trigger asthma and cause wheezing. But these groups of children tend to outgrow their asthma. However, children who have a later onset of asthma tend to be very allergic and are more likely to live with asthma throughout their lives.

Although asthmatic episodes can be triggered by colds, viral infections, respiratory infections, pollens, dust, mold spores, certain foods, or even by laughing, coughing, strong emotions or dry/cold air, research shows that a significant percentage of children inherit a tendency to allergies, and that allergy puts them at risk to develop asthma. Sometimes, however, symptoms arise because of more serious lung disorders. For this reason, it is important to diagnose asthma correctly with lung function tests.

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Asthma & Children

Asthma & Children

Asthma is a common condition in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in 11 children have asthma. If your child coughs a lot, especially when playing or laughing, or has chronic wheezing a...

sthma may be the problem. Consult your pediatrician, who will diagnose the condition and develop a treatment plan, which could include an asthma inhaler, one or more bronchodilators or an anti-inflammatory medicine. Some children grow out of asthma as teenagers, while others have asthmatic symptoms all of their lives. Learn more about childhood asthma with expert advice from Sharecare.
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