I am sure many of us have wheezed and had difficulty breathing. But when is it regarded as a concern for Asthma?
Asthma is a diagnosis made by a medical doctor based on symptoms and signs over a certain period of time. It produces inflammation within the airways, producing certain immune responses by the body and eventually leading to narrowing of the airways.
There are usually suspicions at a young age when children of 2 years old or more begin:
wheezing or coughing intermittently and these are also associated with nighttime, waking the child up
playtime is cut short due to excessive tiredness and shortness of breath or coughing spells
having repeated chest infections (very suspicious)
a family history of asthma is very important
family smoking habits play a small role in the overall lung health of babies and could be a precursor for future development of Asthma
Asthma is said to have a genetic component, so be suspicious if your child exhibits any of the above. Doctors are aware of the stigma attached to Asthma, but we should realize that early treatment and management can literally change lives. Going from wheezing daily to once every fortnight is a tremendous achievement, which can also allow the inflammatory pattern to subside, thus leading to improvement of symptoms all together in the long run.
Yes, many individuals have been missed in the early years and asthma can also be diagnosed in adult life.
Take action now to give you and your children better quality of health!