What is Pediatric Asthma?
In childhood asthma, the lungs and airways become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers, such as inhaling airborne pollen or catching a cold or another respiratory infection. Childhood asthma can cause bothersome daily symptoms that interfere with play, sports, school and sleep. In some children, unmanaged asthma can cause dangerous asthma attacks.
- Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children under the age of 18, affecting 6.3 million.
- 24 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 17 have some limited activity due to asthma.
- Asthma is the leading cause of missed school days among children ages 5 to 17.
The underlying causes of childhood asthma aren’t fully understood. Developing an overly sensitive immune system generally plays a role.
Some factors thought to be involved include:
- Inherited traits
- Some types of airway infections at a very young age
- Exposure to environmental factors, such as cigarette smoke or other air pollution
- Frequent, intermittent coughing
- A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
- Shortness of breath
- Chest congestion or tightness
- Chest pain, particularly in younger children
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