What Causes Asthma in Kids

I have mentioned in some of my previous posts that my daughter Kyla has been diagnosed with Asthma. Now, I researched on what could have caused this Asthma and I found out that asthma in children is usually associated with allergies. Genetics and environmental conditions are also involved in the development of Asthma.

It is really difficult whenever she gets her Asthma attacks so we try our best to provide her with less dust in our house. Aside from the usual cleaning of the house, I have read that basement dehumidifier can also provide clean air for the kids. This is an interesting product since this can help our kids in terms of having Asthma attacks. It’s just that it requires some money…
Well, if this is meant for us, I am sure that God would provide for our needs.

Symptoms of Asthma Attacks

My daughter Kyla has some colds and cough for a few days now. 2 nights ago, she started coughing non-stop again. This is a symptom of an asthma attack. So last night, we started to use the Nebulizer to help her breathe and stop the severe coughing. She has been diagnosed to have asthma on 2008. Her pediatrician mentioned to us that once a person has been diagnosed with asthma, it is a lifetime illness. It can not be cured but a person can be given maintenance medications so asthma attacks are lessened. Asthma attacks are common on cold weather, like what we are having for the past week. Let me share with you some common symptoms of asthma (taken from Asthma in Children)

  • wheezing
  • cough – chronic or recurring (worse particularly at night and in the early hours of the morning)
  • pain or a tight feeling in the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • flaring of the nostrils when breathing in (especially in children)
  • interrupted talking
  • agitation
  • hyperinflation (appearance of hunched shoulders, hunching forward or preferring not to lie down)
  • We may notice that our child has less stamina during active playtime than his or her peers. Or the child may limit his or her activity to prevent coughing or wheezing. The child may have heavy breathing, shortness of breath, and wheezing at rest or with exercise. These symptoms may be subtle and only recognized during activity.

    Asthma is hereditary. If you or your spouse has asthma, there is a big chance that your kids will have it too. Knowledge about asthma and its symptoms can help us to detect whether our kids are having asthma attacks already.