Childhood Asthma

A Healthy Lifestyle

Introduction

Asthma is a chronic, or lifelong disease. If a child or an adult has Asthma, it can be serious, maybe even sometimes life threatening. Asthma can be managed, so one can live a healthy, normal life. The bad news is that Asthma has no cure. It is a lung disease that makes it harder for a person to breath and move air in and out of your lungs.

Ten Facts about Childhood Asthma

1. Asthma is the cause of many breathing problems. It can cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of a person's breath.

2. When people with asthma have inflamed airways, they become overly sensitive to anything. Exercise, any type of smoke, and dust are just some things that effect, or stimulate the coughing.

3. Symptoms are different for each individual kid. Some kids have only occasional symptoms or only show symptoms after exercising. Others have very bad asthma that when it’s not getting treated, it can affect and limit how active they are and cause changes in lung function.

4. Sometimes when kids have asthma, they can breath fines for weeks or months at a time. But then they have an asthma attack. An asthma flare-up is when the airways narrow without any warning.

5. Smoking is also a risk factor for asthma in children and a common trigger of asthma for all ages. People with asthma should not smoke, but they should also avoid the smoke from others' cigarettes.

6. In 2011, 3,345 deaths were attributed to asthma. Deaths due to asthma are rare among children. The number of deaths increases with age. In 2011, 169 children under 15 died from asthma compared to 633 adults over 85.

7. Asthma is genetic. Its runs in someones family most of the time. If only one parent has asthma, chances are 1 in 3 that each child will have asthma. If both parents have asthma, it is much more likely (7 in 10) that their children will have asthma.

8. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be helped with proper care treatment.

9. Asthma is a disorder of the immune system in which the body fails to make enough protective antibodies.

10. Not all children will have the same asthma symptoms every time. Symptoms may vary from person to person. One symptom that a child has had one time during an asthma attack, may be different when he/she has another one.

Five Things a Person Can Do to Maintain or Improve Their Health

1. Identify triggers of a childs asthma and remove them from the household.

2. Avoid smoking or secondhand smoking. If a child already has asthma, smoke can worsen it, and even cause it.

3. Avoid close contact with people who have a cold or the flu, because a child's asthma symptoms may worsen if you catch the infection from them.

4. Pay attention to signs that you or a child may have an Asthma attack or a flare-up.

5. If an Asthma attack occurs, make a plan on how to deal with it. For example, always keep an inhaler with you at all times.

Works Cited

"Learning More About Asthma - American Lung Association." American Lung Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2015.

"Asthma Basics." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. Ed. Joseph. The Nemours Foundation, 01 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Mar. 2015.