Your kiddo has that cough that just won’t go away. Is it a simple chest cold, or could it be allergen triggers resulting in asthma? With asthma rates continuing to rise in children, it could very well be the latter. Breezy Mama turned to Stephen Apaliski, MD and author of the book Beating Asthma: Seven Simple Principles for help in learning what asthma is and what the diagnosis means for your child.
Can you explain what is happening to the body when one “has asthma”?
When someone has asthma, their airways (lungs) react to various triggers (allergens, chemicals, pollution, for example), by producing more mucus, becoming inflamed, and becoming narrower. These reactions can result in cough, chest tightness, and wheezing.
Are there different types of asthma?
Asthma can be divided into extrinsic (triggered by allergies) and intrinsic (triggered by chemical fumes, weather changes, and upper respiratory infections) types. 75% of children with asthma have allergies.
What are signs we need to look for in our child if we think they may have asthma?