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What Are the Side Effects of Asthma in Children? - Japan Daily Sun
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What Are the Side Effects of Asthma in Children?

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Asthma is a respiratory disease that causes wheezing and shortness of breath. It can be caused by infections, irritants, or allergies. This condition is common in children. There are several types of asthma treatment. Each has different symptoms.

Children may experience classic symptoms of asthma including coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. These symptoms can worsen during the day or at night. Other asthma triggers include exercise, dust, and pollution.

Medications are used to reduce inflammation and help the airways open and heal. Inhaled corticosteroids are sometimes prescribed. They are also available in oral form. Bronchodilators are also available to provide quick relief.

Short-acting beta adrenergic agonists are commonly used for rescue treatments during asthma attacks. They act quickly and are effective for about three to six hours.

Long-acting beta adrenergic drugs are given to children over five years of age with moderate to severe persistent asthma. Medications are usually taken daily.

Other medications for asthma include omalizumab (Xolair), a drug that reduces the immune response to allergens. Parents of children who have asthma should use an action plan to identify the symptoms that are most likely to lead to an asthma attack.

When a child begins to have asthma symptoms, parents should call their care provider or take them to the emergency room. Children should have a full set of vitals taken and a written asthma action plan to help them get proper medical treatment.

Many children with asthma outgrow their episodes. However, they still need to take a daily inhaled steroid to prevent new episodes.