Toddlers Asthma

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Toddlers Asthma

Toddlers asthma is a chronic inflammatory health condition of the bronchial airways in young children.  Statistics show that more than half of toddlers who have asthma also have allergy symptoms. This inflammation can cause the normal function of a small child’s airways to become swollen and can over produce mucus in the lung tissues. If asthma symptoms become severe, acute shortness of breath and low blood oxygen can occur. Asthma in toddlers is a major concern for many parents around the world. It is believed that over 50 percent of asthma symptoms in toddlers and small children are due to allergic reactions from pollutants found in the home. The most common allergic pollutant in the home is the dust mite and the protein produced by their feces.

Causes of Childhood Asthma

  1. Allergic reactions
  2. Non-allergic reactions from airborne irritants
  3. Viral respiratory conditions

Childhood Asthma Statistics

Asthma is considered to be the leading cause of chronic illnesses of children within the United States. In 2007, 7.2 million children under age 18 (over 1.5 million under age 5) are believed to have serious asthma symptoms. As many as 2 million children are considered to be at risk from undiagnosed asthma.

What is Hidden Asthma?

Hidden asthma is a common enigma for many health care providers and is a common concern for parents of a child believed to have asthma. Many times the parents of a toddler or young child with hidden asthma symptoms are told to limit their child’s activity levels until the exact diagnosis can be made.

Make Your Home a Haven with HEPA Products

There are thousands of airborne pollutants which can be found in the home such as pollen, mold spores, dust mites and household dust. However, it is the small (sub-micron) particles which cause the most asthma symptoms while at home. These small particles are between 5 to 50 microns in size and particles fewer than 10 microns account for over 97% of all particles within a typical home by count. A small child or toddler may breathe in as much as 6,500 quarts of air per day. This is why it is important to control these small particles in the home environment and especially in the bedroom where the child sleeps. The regular use of a HEPA vacuum and a portable HEPA air purifier in the room where the toddler or small child spends the greatest amount of their time will greatly reduce these asthma causing pollutants. I have had many clients in the past 26 years who have had great results in reducing their child’s asthma symptoms with regular use of HEPA cleaning devices. Utilizing HEPA technology in the proper manner along with the appropriate asthma medication can minimize a child’s symptoms while at home.

About the author: The Sick House Center is a resource and information center about indoor air pollution and other related issues. Read more Asthma Prevention tips at the Sick House Center web site.

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Asthma Triggers List

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asthma-triggersAllergies and asthma don’t always go hand in hand, but most people who have asthma also have allergies. Those allergies can trigger breath-stealing asthma attacks.

Things like pollen, mold, and animal dander can set off an allergic reaction in some people that results in hives, itching, sneezing, and wheezing. When this reaction occurs in the chest, it’s called asthma. In the lungs, allergic reactions cause spasms and thick, sticky mucus. When an asthmatic has an attack, his lungs feel clogged and twitchy, and his chest feels tight.

Though not all people with asthma have allergies, those who do should identify their allergic triggers and avoid them.

Some of the more common asthma triggers to avoid:

  • Foods like chocolate, nuts, shellfish, and eggs.
  • Beverages like orange juice, beer, wine, and milk.
  • Mold spores and pollen. When pollen counts are high, try to stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Dander from pets such as cats, dogs, hamsters, and rabbits. If you can’t bear to part with your family pet, try to keep it outside and bathe it often.
  • Feather pillows, down comforters, and wool clothing. Use smooth blankets on your bed.
  • Dust. Damp dust and damp mop instead of using brooms that raise dust. Use washable fabrics for curtains and rugs.
  • Cleaning products like bleach and furniture polish.
  • Use a HEPA vacuum and HEPA air purifiers to control indoor airborne allergen particles.

Avoiding your triggers may help you avoid the chest-squeezing experience of an asthma attack!

Source: Allergy and Asthma, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Milwaukee (1995)

Asthma Triggers