Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the lungs and airways. If a toddler is diagnosed with asthma, the airways are irritated and inflamed that can affect capability to breathe normally.
It is essential to work with a doctor to prevent and manage asthma attacks. With the right medications, action plan and regular follow-up, most asthmatic toddlers live a normal life.
What is an acute attack?
Once a toddler experiences an acute asthma attack, the lining of the airways become evidently inflamed and generate more mucus. The muscles surrounding the airways tighten and the breathing tubes constrict.
The child might cough, breath rapidly or wheeze as his/her breath is forced via constricted airways. The nostrils of the child flare out or the skin around the ribs appear to suck in during each breath.
If not treated or delayed, an attack can be deadly. Once any symptoms of an attack are evident, immediately provide the toddler with a quick-relief medication given by the doctor. In case emergency medication is not available, call for emergency assistance or bring the child to the nearest healthcare facility.
Once the medication opens up the breathing tubes, the symptoms are expected to subside. In case the symptoms persist or become worse, call for emergency assistance or bring the child to the nearest emergency department.
How is it common?
Asthma is considered as the one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood. It is also the cause of hospitalizations among children below 15 years of age.
A high percentage of children with the condition develop symptoms before reaching 5 years old.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on asthma among toddlers is for learning purposes only. If a child is experiencing a severe attack, seek medical attention right away. Learn to recognize and manage the symptoms of asthma by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.
Does my child have asthma?
Assessment by a doctor is needed to determine if a child has the condition. The condition is difficult to diagnose among children younger than 2 years of age since conditions other than asthma can trigger wheezing. Essentially, viral respiratory infections are the likely cause of wheezing among infants and young children.
Nevertheless, if a toddler frequently coughs and has eczema or allergies along with a family history of asthma and allergies, there is likelihood for the child to develop the condition. The symptoms are likely to be worse during night time.
The doctor will check the toddler and gather a history including the health history of the family to come up with a clear diagnosis.