There are many different potential triggers for asthma attacks in children. Exposure to things that would not cause problems in another child may bring on a severe asthma attack in an asthmatic child. Often, the asthma attack is an almost-instant response to the trigger. Some common asthma attack triggers for children may include smoke, pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and wood fire. While not as common, some children's asthma attacks are triggered by specific scents or certain food additives. Strenuous exercise can also trigger asthma attacks in children. Kids should always have their inhaler or other asthma medication on hand when they are at school or participating in sports because asthma attacks are unpredictable sometimes.
Kids who have respiratory infections on a regular basis tend to be more likely to develop asthma, as well. Children who already have allergies of any type, especially non-food allergies, appear to be more likely to develop asthma. When a child has eczema their risk for developing asthma appears to be higher. If 1 or both of the child's parents has asthma themselves, the child's risk of having asthma is increased. Although asthma is most often diagnosed in childhood or in the teen years, it can be diagnosed as early as infancy or as late as geriatric years.
The treatment for asthma is designed to keep the attacks under control as much of the time as possible, even though it can't be completely cured at this time. A child's parents can watch for the triggers that precede attacks. Sometimes, it is possible to entirely avoid these triggers. The doctor will typically prescribe asthma medication of some type to have on hand for emergencies. This usually includes an inhaler and may also include other medication as needed.
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