Find out more about the pediatric asthma support we offer below
What is Asthma?
Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways, which makes breathing difficult. It can be triggered by several factors, from allergens to exercise to certain types of weather.
Children are more likely to suffer from asthma, as their airways are small and become easily inflamed when exposed to adverse environmental conditions. Something as simple as inhaling pollen or catching a cold can be a trigger for asthma in children. This condition often interferes with daily activities, sports, school, and sleep.
Asthma in children is a leading cause of emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and missed school days. Any symptom of asthma must be taken seriously, or it can worsen. Some children grow out of their asthma while in others the symptoms continue into adulthood. With the right treatment, you and your child can keep symptoms under control.
Some symptoms of asthma may include:
- Nagging cough that lingers for weeks
- Sudden breathlessness
- Shortness of breath
- Chest congestion
- Chest tightness
A child may experience any one or more symptoms often mistaken as allergies, a chest cold, or bronchitis.s. Improperly treated asthma can lead to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – wherein the airways become permanently narrowed.
While the root cause for asthma isn’t fully understood, an over-sensitive immune system can cause the airways to swell. Some other factors that play a role are:
- Genetic predisposition
- Respiratory/airway infections at a young age
- Exposure to pollution and passive smoking
- Weather changes
What Prana can do
At Prana, we can perform breathing tests for children, provide asthma education, tailor an asthma education plan, and enroll your child in our state-of-the-art inhaler monitoring program. Get in touch below!