Friday, 16 September 2011
Recognizing Asthma in Children
Asthma Asthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Animals (pet hair or dander) Dust Changes in weather (most often cold weather) Chemicals in the air or in food Exercise Mold Pollen Respiratory infections, such as the common cold Strong emotions (stress) Tobacco smoke Asthma can develop in children of any age, but symptoms typically begin by age 5, the Cleveland Clinic says. The clinic says parents should watch for: Frequent coughing spells that occur during playtime, laughing or at night. Lack of energy during playtime. Breathing rapidly, shortness of breath or wheezing. Discomfort or pain in the chest. A perceived tightness of the neck or chest muscles. Feeling tired often.