Children Asthma Triggers: February 7, 2017
Asthma is a common diagnosis for children, but doctors say it’s not always a lifelong diagnosis.
Pediatrician Dr. Pierre Loredo says 65 percent of asthma cases in young children are caused by household pets. “Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the lungs and it causes difficulty breathing. We usually start seeing those kids fairly early on. They’ll be about 5 or 7 years old.”
Other asthma triggers can be household chemicals, mold, and secondhand smoke. It’s important for parents to try to control indoor environmental exposure that can trigger asthma symptoms. “If you have control of indoor environmental exposures, like allergens, pollutants, that can be as equally as effective as controlling asthma as medicines themselves,” said Dr. Loredo.
Knowing a child’s asthma triggers can help prevent an asthma attack. “What we’re trying to help identify is what those allergies are and control those to better help the child with their asthma,” said Dr. Loredo.
Doctors say it’s common for children to outgrow asthma. “What happens is early on, especially with daycares, common viruses will wind up triggering their asthma. They’ll have it for a good amount of time, a couple of years, and then after that it tends to taper off and we don’t see them having it beyond that,” said Dr. Loredo.
If a child has a noticeable allergy that affects their breathing, it’s important they see their pediatrician. If they do have asthma doctors can start them on treatment to help manage their symptoms.