It’s that time of the year when whooping coughs and runny noses become more common. In some cases, this can elevate to wheezing chests and difficulty breathing due to blocked noses. As we all know, those of us with chronic asthma conditions are faced with more trouble during the winter season because of shortness of breath. Even with the precautions in place, the condition is known for being particularly difficult, especially when children are diagnosed with asthma.
Common symptoms and signs of asthma in children include:
- Chest tightness
- Difficulty breathing
- Repeated bronchitis
Cigarette smoke and seasonal allergies can trigger asthma within certain individuals. For someone affected with asthma, the triggers can be particularly severe, and even fatal if not treated immediately and properly. Things to look out for with infants may be shortness of breath during feeding. For toddlers, there may be limited running and playing and possible fatigue and coughing. For most children, asthma attacks can be triggered if the immune system is already weak with a cold virus or sinus infection.
Keep an eye out for an asthma emergency which includes symptoms of gasping for air, hard breathing, and trouble speaking because of lack of breath. Controlling asthma means reducing exposure to substances which trouble the lungs, that way, an emergency situation can be avoided. Some steps to take:
- If you are a smoker then you should work on quitting smoking.
- If you are passive smoker then you should take steps to ensure that continued exposure to smoke is reduced.
- Food diet should not be too harsh on the throat or nasal cavity.
- Reduce exposure to known allergy triggers such as dust, pollen, and pet dander.
These are all small steps but can accumulate to make a lot of difference in the quality of our lives. Instead of relying on total medication, these preventative steps can assist in making sure that the risk to asthma is reduced.