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Asthma in Children

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Asthma in children is a very serious and common disease, one that affects many millions of children worldwide. According to recent asthma statistics, there are an estimated 20 million Americans suffering from one asthma type or another. Approximately 9 million of those cases are childhood asthma. So as you can see, asthma in kids is very common and can actually be more serious than adult asthma.

An Explanation of Normal Breathing

When your child breathes, air travels between their mouth/nose and their lungs. They don't even have to think about this process, their body takes care of that for them. Now between their mouth and their lungs are airways or breathing tubes. When your child takes a breath, these are the roads that the air takes to get to where it is going, which is to the lungs.

While this air is in their lungs, their body automatically takes the oxygen it needs from the air and tells their body to get rid of the rest by breathing out. When your child exhales or breathes out, the used air takes the same road to go from their lungs back to their mouth and out into the air.

Breathing is Automatic

Your child doesn't have to tell their body to keep breathing, it just knows that it has to and they couldn't stop it for very long even if they wanted to. They can try holding their breath, (and sometimes children will) but their body will be fighting to make them breathe again and eventually they will have to give in and take a breath. If they hold their breath too long, their body won't get the oxygen that it needs and they can pass out as a result (not a healthy thing to do) and then their body will start breathing again on its own.

Asthma in Children Causes Breathing Problems

For someone with childhod asthma, the roads or tubes that the air uses to get back and forth from their lungs are very sensitive to certain things. When your child comes in contact with any of these things, their breathing tubes get very irritated and pretty much throw a temper tantrum.

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This sets off a chain reaction of bad events that end up making it very difficult for your child to breathe. The insides of their breathing tubes become inflammed and start to swell. This effectively makes those tubes much smaller than normal.

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Then the muscles around the outside of those tubes tighten up and start to squeeze those tubes shut. This makes those breathing tubes even smaller, so that very little air can now get through.

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Now gunk (or mucus) starts to form on the insides of their breathing tubes. This begins to clog up the already shrunken space that the air has to get through to go back and forth to the lungs. Depending on how irritated the tubes have become, your child could now be having an extremely hard time breathing. They are now having an asthma attack.

Comparing Breathing Tubes to a Straw

Breathing can be compared to taking a drink through a straw. With a normal sized straw, your child can take a drink without a problem. As you give them a smaller and smaller straw, they have to work much harder to get that drink. As the straw becomes too small to get a decent drink, they will end up getting very frustrated because no matter how hard they try, they just can't get a good drink.

That's what happens to a child with child asthma. When their airways or breathing tubes get irritated by something, those tubes start to get smaller and smaller. The child begins to get very frustrated. Eventually they could become terrified because they just don't understand why they can't breathe. This can make a bad situation even worse.

Asthma Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms for asthma in children are the same as for other asthma types. The one exception is cough variant asthma which only has the one symptom.
  • Coughing - a persistent cough where you are also coughing up gunk or mucus.
  • Wheezing - a kind of whistling sound, usually when you breathe out.
  • Tightness in Your Chest - the muscles around your airways are getting tight.
  • Shortness of Breath - you are having problems getting a good breath of air.
You'll also want to check out the page on acute asthma attack to see what could happen in extreme cases.

You'll also want to check out the page on asthma triggers. You will find out all about the things that can irritate the airways for all types of asthma including asthma in children.

Asthma Attacks Can Become Life Threatening

Some asthma attacks are worse than others. If the airways become too small, then the lungs can't get enough oxygen from the little bit of air that is getting through. It then becomes a medical emergency. Your child's body has to have oxygen in order to survive. If their body is not getting enough oxygen, their vital organs can cease to function and death can result.

You Have the Following Asthma Treatment Options

Prescription Asthma Medications

What many people don't know is that prescription medications for asthma do not attempt to cure asthma. The medical community insists that there is no cure for asthma. They are correct in the sense that there are no prescription medications that can cure asthma. So by using these meds, you have to realize that you will be using them for the rest of your life.

Natural Asthma Treatment

Contrary to what the medical community would have you believe, many people are getting cured of their asthma every day. Not with prescription meds, but with natural asthma treatments and remedies. Some people see their asthma signs and symptoms disappear within days of starting some of these treatments.

So you have a choice for your child:

  • Have them take prescription meds for the rest of their life.
  • Spend a fortune on these meds.
  • Carry around an emergency inhaler because their regular meds don't work very well.
  • Spend lots of time with their doctor.
  • Get very familiar with hospital emergency rooms.
  • Live a quality of life that is far below that of children without asthma.
  • You will always be wondering about the long term dangers of taking these meds.
If that doesn't sound too appealing, then check out the natural treatments listed below: Asthma in Children - It Does Not Have To Be A Life Long Disease!

Go from this 'Asthma in Children' page to the 'Asthma Types' page.

Other Useful Links:

'Asthma Help - This asthma help page will provide you with all of the asthma information you ever wanted to know in one location. The best part is that it is in easy to understand language that you will be able to understand.'

'What is Asthma - Not only will you find the answer to the question of what is asthma, but you will find out what causes asthma and what your asthma symptoms are.'

'What Causes Asthma - Find out what really causes your asthma symptoms. Is there anything you can do about it? Learn exactly what is happening when you have an asthma attack.'

'Asthma Signs and Symptoms - Asthma signs and symptoms are those things like wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and others that we get when we have asthma and our airways get irritated. Learn what happens when our airways get irritated by what are called asthma triggers.'

'Asthma Triggers - Asthma triggers are the reason that you have an asthma attack. Find out what kinds of things can be on your asthma triggers list and what treatment options you have.'

'Asthma Attack - An asthma attack is what happens when someone with asthma comes in contact with or does something on their asthma triggers list. Find out all the details here.'

'Asthma Attack Cause - You definitely have an asthma attack cause so we will help you to determine what it is. You might even have more than one cause. Once you determine your cause or causes you can do your best to avoid them and reduce your number of asthma attacks.'

'Asthma Attack Symptoms - No matter what type of asthma you have, your asthma attack symptoms will similar to those from every other type of asthma with one exception. learn what these symptoms are and what causes them.'

'Acute Asthma Attack - An acute asthma attack is a life threatening situation. Find out what is happening to your body when you have this kind of attack and what you should do.'

'Asthma Types - Learn all about the different asthma types such as exercise induced asthma, cough variant asthma, allergy induced asthma, adult onset asthma, childhood asthma, cardiac asthma and more.'

'Asthma Medication - Learn how your prescription asthma medication tries to reduce your asthma symptoms, but not to cure you of asthma. Learn about the different short term and long term medications, how they work, and their possible dangerous side effects.'

'Chronic Asthma Treatment - A chronic asthma treatment plan should include reducing your asthma signs and symptoms, identifying and avoiding your asthma triggers, healing and improving your respiratory system, minimizing the side effects of your prescription medications, and curing your asthma.'

'Asthma Herbs - Asthma herbs offer an excellent asthma treatment solution. The right herbs can reduce and eliminate your asthma symptoms. They can also heal and strengthen the lungs, airways and the immune system.'

'Asthma Prevention - Use these asthma prevention tips to eliminate your exposure to asthma triggers and to reduce the number of asthma attacks that you have.'

'Asthma Statistics - Disturbing asthma statistics like 20 million people in the US have asthma, 40,000 people miss work or school every day because of their asthma symptoms, 30,000 people have asthma attacks every day ...'

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'Best Treatments For Asthma - The best treatments for asthma are those that can eliminate your asthma symptoms without any dangerous side effects. These treatments should not have to last for an extended period of time.'

'Natural Cures For Asthma - Natural cures for asthma will do what your asthma medications won't - cure your asthma! Would you like to be free of your asthma symptoms once and for all? Then check out these natural cures that are working for more and more people every day.'

Natural Respiratory Health Products - A listing of the best natural products available.

Current Asthma Treatment - Is your current asthma treatment the best option available? Find out what the best asthma treatments must and can do. Don't settle for partial relief when there is somethig better.'

'New Asthma Treatments - Are there any new asthma treatments that work better than the standard treatments? If you are looking for new asthma treatments that will eliminate your asthma then you should consider natural cures for asthma.'

'Asthma Causes and Treatments - Learn all about the different asthma causes and treatments. There are many different things that can cause your asthma attacks. Learn which asthma treatments work and which ones don't. It is very possible to be asthma free in a very short time. Learn how here.'

'Non Allergic Asthma - Non Allergic Asthma is one of the two major classifications of asthma. Learn what it is and how it differs from allergic asthma.'

'Allergy Induced Asthma - Learn what allergy induced asthma really is and what you can expect if you have it. Find out what causes it.'

'How To Treat Asthma - Learn how to treat asthma so that you never have another asthma symptom. Why treat your asthma with prescription medications for the rest of your life. Why not treat it with something that will actually cure it?'

Herbal Products

Claritose - Natural allergy relief for all your symptoms.

Respitrol - Relieves wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and much more.

Biovent Drops - Supports healthy lungs and helps keep air passages open.

Triple Complex BronchoSoothe - Relieves tightening of the chest to open airways.

Asthma Aid - Soothes and strengthens the lungs and helps rebuild your immune system.

Respirator - Helps tone the lungs, expels mucus, clears your airways, and relaxes your breathing.

Breath Ease Spray - Provides sinus congestion relief.

B-Eaze Oil - Helps clear nasal passages and loosens mucus.

Immune Booster - Boosts your immune system to help fight disease, colds, and flu.

Allergy Aid - Contains 12 different herbs to help reduce allergies.

Bronchitis - Contains 11 herbs to help open bronchial passages and prevent infections.

Types of Asthma

Bronchial Asthma

Pediatric Asthma

Exercise Induced Asthma

Cough Variant Asthma

Allergy Induced Asthma

Asthma in Children

Acute Asthma

Adult Onset Asthma

We highly recommend that you always keep your doctor informed about what treatments you are pursuing.
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