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Helping Children with Asthma: Knowing the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment


Asthma, a persistent and sometimes fatal disease, has been identified as one of the most common chronic diseases among children, even recurring intermittently into adulthood. Recent medical and technological advancements, however, have lead to the discovery of effective treatments such as emergency nebulizer drugs, which have saved many lives thus far.

Causes and Symptoms
From furniture varnishes to household cleaners, minute particles from these chemicals may actually trigger an asthma attack in children. The strong odors that these common household chemicals exude may not at all pose any harm to other family members, but these irritants should be kept away from many areas of your home if symptoms of asthma in your child persist. These common household chemicals may include bleach, cleaning solutions, lacquer, and even paint.

Being on the lookout for the red flags of an impending asthma attack will save you precious time when it comes to your child’s health and safety. Although individual differences may play a role in the manifestation of specific symptoms, the most common signs are the following:

• Feelings of tightness in the chest area

• Difficulty in breathing characterized by a wheezing sound

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• Signs of fatigue or exhaustion

When these symptoms become evident, always seek immediate medical attention for your child. To identify the specific diagnoses, the doctor may look into the medical history of your child, obtaining relevant information such as the frequency and intensity of the observed symptoms. Thus, it is important to establish a clear, two-way communication with your doctor to ensure that proper treatment is administered. More often than not, tests such as chest X-ray and Spirometry would be recommended to further identify the treatments needed.

In addition to the medical treatments, the doctor may also discuss with you your long-term action plans to further curb any likelihood of future asthma attacks. The presence of asthma nebulizer drugs could prove helpful in cases of unexpected and sudden asthma attacks. A typical nebulizer uses a mini compressor to force air to vaporize the drug, which is then inhaled by the child to alleviate the asthma attack.

Also, if your child exhibits symptoms of asthma attacks more regularly while being inside your home, make sure that no household chemicals or other irritants are present in your kitchen, comfort room, and even the storage area of your home, because even minute traces of these chemicals can still trigger the onset of asthma.

Better yet, you can always resort to more natural alternatives when it comes to cleaning your bathroom, kitchen, or even the entire floor of your living room. Vinegar, a naturally acidic compound, may serve as a rightful alternative to harsh chemical cleaning solutions. A small amount is all it takes to clean and disinfect your bathroom walls, sinks, and even your kitchen appliances. Such options will prove to be healthy, not only to your child but also to everyone else in your home because of the absence of harmful chemicals in the first place.


Helping Children with Asthma: Knowing the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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