Asthma Signs, Symptoms & prevention in children
May 28, 2021, 2:30 pm - 3:35 pm
Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, a whistling sound (wheezing) when you breathe out and shortness of breath.
Tips to Care Asthma and Respiratory Care:
Be prepared always: If your child is prone to any breathing ailments, during days when there are dust storms, or really high-levels of pollution, check with your doctor on increasing the medication or dosage. Consider nebulization too after consulting your pediatrician.
Plan the course of medication: For children, with chronic breathing problems, who take inhalers or nebulizers, plan the schedule of nebulisation/inhalers so as to cover the entire day. Speak to your doctor and get a chart made from him.
Try Nasal wash: Nasal wash or nasal irrigation helps in washing out the allergans, dust particles and other irritants, and mucus from the respiratory passages. Nasal irrigators are easily available at most pharmacist shops. Even a saline water wash such as jal neti is helpful with older children.
Give steam: Steam is very helpful and safe for clearing the respiratory passage. You can administer steam regularly as it has no side-effects. Also, keep saline nasal sprays handy. Once the child is back from the outdoors, and seems to show any symptoms of allergy or irritation, use some saline nasal drops.
Ensure hygiene: Get the child to wash his hands frequently, gently wash his eyes and blow his nose if he is feeling any sort of irritation. Ensure the child changes clothes once he is inside his house. The clothes can be washed in luke warm water to kill dust mites. Also, slippers and shoes (especially those worn outdoors) should be kept away from the main living areas of the house.
Avoid outdoors in high pollution times: Evenings are generally a time when the air is highly polluted, so avoid taking the child outdoors. Instead, plan play dates, etc for him indoors. The same goes for days when there is a dust-storms.
Cover face and mouth: If the child is particularly sensitive to smoke, teach him to cover his face and mouth with a cotton handkerchief, when in high-traffic areas or dust-ridden. Physical barriers like these help in controlling the intake of some pollutants at least.
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Dr.Susrut Das, Senior Specialist in Pediatrics & Neonatology
MBBS(Hons), DNB(Peds), APGPN(Boston). Senior Specialist in Pediatrics & Neonatology. Specialist in Pediatric Asthma. Bhubaneswar
| May 15, 2021
Sir mera nephew bahut zyada rota hai rote rote saans rok leta hai bahut der tak usse back par thapki dete hain toh ja kar thoda aaram mil pata hai usse aur bahut zyada khelne par usse saans chadne lagta hai abhi 1 week se aisi problem ho rhi hai usski age 2. 5 saal hai aap please batayein kya kar sakte hain hum?
| May 28, 2021
My son is 4 years old. He is Very active and playful .If he jumps for a while he starts coughing persistently and this episode ends with vomiting. Also sometimes his breathing rate goes really fast. Is this normal in children his age or does he need to be examined?
| May 28, 2021
Hello Doctor! My 1 year4 months old baby had two episodes of pneumonia until now during which he would catch high grade fever and would stop drinking and eating food. What could be the reason for frequently having pneumonia. Is there an underlying issue such as asthma? How early can asthma be detected? Kindly guide as I am really worried for him.
| May 28, 2021
Sir my 5 year old child has asthma. He is allergic to agarbatti smoke or any strong smell, fumes, has dust mite allergy as well. We sometimes really don't understand what can trigger an asthmatic attack in him. He is currently on inhaler. What are the chances he would outgrow asthma as he grows up?
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