Asthma has to be taken and rather treated seriously. Although to some it may be a mild illness, for many it may prove fatal. Medicines have been discovered to treat this and with proper medication this can be overcome.
The disturbing statistics is that most children who miss their school are due the asthma. It is very unfortunate that asthmatic kid is the most affected. Recent study has statistics which shows that one in every ten children is affected by this. Asthmatic kids have to be in continuous vigil with regard to their health. While most of the time one can manage the child’s asthmatic problem, severe one needs emergency hospitalization.
Although there is no hard and fast rule about who may be attacked by asthma, but certain factors which may be possible cause for this.
•Children and teen agers are the most affected by this. In many a cases it is very chronic.
•Asthma many a times is carried in the genes.
•Smoke as such is the first enemy for asthma. Cigarette smoking increases the chances of developing asthma in adults and children and teenagers around smoker, who are passive smokers, i.e. inhale such a smoke of cigarette pose a great risk.
•Allergies trigger off asthma in many cases.
Children and teenagers have a tough time with asthmatic attacks. What happens is that the tubes in the respiratory system which carries air in and out of lungs inflame and the cells covering the airways secrete mucus. This makes the airways or bronchi very sensitive and they become narrow. As such the movement of air in and out of the lunch becomes heavier and difficult on the child. Even though it may appear as if the child is having difficulty in inhaling air, actually the child has a problem exhaling it out of the system. Many other factors which could trigger asthma in children are
•Animal dander (often from domestic pets)
•Fungi and molds that are often found to grow indoors.
•Coming in contact with tobacco smoke, any other type of fumes, and other particles from industrial materials.
•Inhaling of cold air
Allergies, which is one of the root causes among asthmatic kids can be due to wheat, some kind of food preservatives, some kind of dairy products such as chocolates, nuts etc.
With such children the responsibility of the parents increases manifold. They have to make a study as to what is allergic to their children. They need to monitor the medical records of the children as to when the children are getting such attacks.
An asthmatic kid is often not allowed to go out as freely as other normal children. Heavy outdoor games are not advised. Cold air, air pollution and other things which restrain them from being like just another child make them feeling tied down. Parents need to play a very important role here counseling them. By the time reach the age of 21, the attacks will definitely reduce and many may even stop having them!