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Infants And Asthma
Infant Asthma – A Problematic Condition
Any parent will find infant asthma to be any parent’s nightmare. When pain is felt by the child it is also felt by the parent. Nobody wants to see their children suffer and it is a horrible feeling to see the wheezing and coughing of infant asthma that can be so detrimental to the health and the development of the child’s breathing and respiratory issues. There is always hope of reducing the effects of infant asthma and it can be combated with some degree of success that can allow a child to lead an ordinary life.
The lungs of an infant do not usually need to be as efficient as the lungs of an older child. Infant asthma does, in fact, impede the development overall of the child’s lungs which can in turn cause the symptoms to be significantly more severe due to the infancy. The problem arises, therefore, that any serious episode of asthma in an infant can potentially result in very difficult situations which may in some circumstances include complete and total lung failure and other damaging effects that could alter the way the respiratory system works for the remainder of the child’s life.
Recognizing The Signs
It is important to learn the signs for recognizing what is happening during an infant asthma attack. The next move you make with this recognition can mean the difference between survival and problematic symptoms or successful treatment of an episode. It is vitally important to keep up with visits to your doctor so that your child may be closely monitored so as to keep a careful and vigilant eye over any appearance the symptoms. A doctor can monitor key factors in your child’s health properly so as to help with any proper medication or other advice and assistance.
There are certain emergency signs for infant asthma that should be monitored. An emergency room visit should be the first thing to do in the event of any of the following symptoms being observed: significant breathing rate increase, halting in suckling or feeding for no apparent other reason, skin between child’s ribs becomes pulled tight, chest enlargement, general colouring changes, cry changes to become more frequent but softer and shorter, nasal flaring, or grunting. If any of these symptoms are observed, or other worrying signs, contact a medical professional immediately and take the child to the hospital.