Asthma is a common long-term condition that can be well controlled in most children. The severity of asthma symptoms varies between children, from very mild to more severe. Asthma has multiple causes and it is not uncommon for two or more different causes to be present in one child. Asthma is more than wheezing. Coughing, recurrent bronchitis and shortness of breath, especially when exercising, are also ways that asthma appears.
The two most common triggers of asthma in children are colds and allergies. After infancy allergies become particularly important and avoiding the allergens to which your child is allergic may help improve their asthma.
Make sure you know how to use your child’s inhaler properly by attending the yearly review with your GP practice. This can help prevent worsening or potential asthma attacks. A sudden, severe onset of symptoms is known as an asthma attack, it can be life-threatening and may require immediate hospital treatment, please seek immediate medical attention.
Parents should avoid smoking indoors or near to their children.