Asthma & Environmental Allergies
More than 3 million children have asthma. It is the leading cause of school absences. Asthma is causing more hospitalization and deaths each year. Many families do not know if their children have asthma or how to treat it well. If you notice any of the signs, talk with your family’s doctor, clinic, or school nurse.
Common Signs of Uncontrolled Asthma:
- A cough that lasts a long time after a cold.
- Coughing during the night or early morning.
- Coughing, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath after vigorous physical activity or activity in cold, windy weather.
- Little energy for active play.
- Coughing , wheezing, chest tightness or shortness even though the child is taking medicine for asthma.
- Using extra asthma medicine to stop coughing, sneezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath.
Common Triggers of Asthma:
- Allergens, Animal dander, dust mites, pollens and foods.
- Pollution, tobacco smoke, pollutants from auto mobiles and industry.
- Irritants, aerosols, vapors, room fresheners.
- Weather, hot or cold, humidity and wind.
- Exercise, swimming or running.
- Emotional changes, stress.
With regular medical care and the right treatment, children with asthma can live healthy lives!