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Asthma in children

What is it?

What causes asthma? The exact cause of asthma is not known. Your child may be more likely to get asthma because of certain things. If anyone in your family has asthma or hay fever, your child is more likely to have asthma. Your child may be allergic (al-ER-jik) or over-sensitive to something around him. However, not all children with asthma have allergies. Your child's asthma or asthma attack may be triggered (started) by one or more of the following:

What are the signs and symptoms of asthma? Most children with asthma have early warning signs. Warning signs are signs and symptoms that your child feels when his asthma is getting worse. The warning signs are not the same for everyone. Your child's own warning signs may even be different from time to time. You and your child should learn what his usual warning signs are. Then treatment can be started right away. Starting treatment quickly may prevent an asthma attack, or may keep the signs and symptoms from getting worse. Your child may have one or more of the following warning signs of worsening asthma or asthma attack:

How is asthma treated? Your child can usually be treated at home with medicine and breathing treatments. The medicines used will depend on the severity and frequency of asthma symptoms. But your child may need to go to the hospital if his breathing does not get better. In the hospital your child may need oxygen, medicine, and breathing treatments.

Dietary Measures:

Eggs, peanuts, and dairy products are common food allergies in children. Keep a food diary to learn what food might trigger an asthma attack in your child. Consider allergy testing for your child if it has not been done already.

Herbs and Supplements:

Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.

Asthma can be a very serious health problem. The use of herbs and supplements should not take the place of good medical care.

Please check with your caregiver before giving any herbs or supplements to your child.

Herbs:

Supplements:

Complementary Therapies:

Other ways of treating your symptoms : Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.

Talk to your caregiver if:

SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:

Care Agreement:

You have the right to help plan your child's care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers. Work with them to decide what care will be used to treat your child. You always have the right to refuse treatment for your child.

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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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