3 Common Pediatric Asthma Myths And The Facts Behind Them

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If your child has recently been diagnosed with asthma, you may have a lot of questions and concerns. Below are three common myths that are associated with asthma and the facts behind them.

Myth #1: My Child Will Outgrow Their Asthma As They Get Older

Fact: While there are a number of children who will outgrow asthma-related symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath, in the majority of cases, it's more likely that a child's asthma will go into remission as they age, but the condition will still be present and may flare at any time. 

There is no cure for asthma, but even if your child has severe symptoms when they're young, it doesn't mean those same symptoms will continue into adulthood. Alternatively, your child with mild asthma symptoms can suffer from more severe symptoms as they age. There are a number of things that can cause your child's asthma symptoms to lessen or increase, such as overall health and environment, so while your child may never completely outgrow their asthma, there are steps that can be taken to lessen its effects.

Myth #2: Children with Asthma Should Avoid Physical Activity

Fact: Regular exercise can be beneficial for your child's overall health and can even improve their lung function.

While it's true that your child may have difficulty with certain activities, it's important that your child exercise to the best of their ability. There are a number of things that can be done to ensure that your child is able to exercise without breathing difficulties, such as the daily use of a steroid inhaler and the use of an inhaler before exercise is performed. If your child continues to struggle during play time or in gym class, it's important to visit your child's pulmonologist for a medication change or adjustment.

Myth #3: A Rescue Inhaler Should Only Be Used During an Asthma Attack

Fact: While a rescue inhaler is necessary during an asthma attack, it can also be used to stop an attack before it progresses and requires a trip to the emergency room.

Rescue inhalers are prescribed to be taken when your child begins to feel asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. They can also be used to avoid asthma symptoms altogether, such as taking it before exercise or before you come into contact with other triggers, such as allergens or cold air. If you feel that your child is using their rescue inhaler too often, consult with their pulmonologist. Your child may need a medication adjustment or avoid certain triggers altogether.

To learn more about controlling your child's asthma, consult with a pediatric pulmonologist or allergy specialist, such as one from The Regional Allergy Asthma & Immunology Center, PC.


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