What is Childhood Asthma?
The word ‘asthma’ is derived from a Greek work meaning 'breathlessness or panting' both of which accurately describe an attack of asthma.
In children with asthma, airways are swollen and inflamed. When these inflamed airways come into contact with an asthma trigger, symptoms of asthma appear.
Asthma has multiple causes, and two or more different causes can be present in one child. Colds and allergens are the two most common factors that trigger an asthma attack. Coughing, recurrent bronchitis, wheezing and shortness of breath, especially during exercising can be seen in an asthmatic child.
Based on the severity of the symptoms, childhood asthma can be classified as:
- Mild - Cough or a wheeze is present, but the child plays happily and feeds well. Sleep is undisturbed by symptoms.
- Moderate - The child wakes at night and cannot run around and play without wheezing or cough.
- Severe - The child is too restless to sleep, unwilling to play at all, too breathless to talk or feed.
Childhood asthma cannot be cured and symptoms may continue into adulthood. But symptoms can be kept under control with the right treatment, which involves preventing the asthma symptoms and treating an asthma attack in progress.
Latest Publication and Research on Childhood AsthmaErratum to: Sex- and age-dependent DNA methylation at the 17q12-q21 locus associated with childhood asthma. - Published by PubMed
[Hypersensitivity pneumonitis related to Penicillium chrysogenum and mesophilic Streptomyces: The usefulness of the Medical Indoor Environment Councelor (MIEC).] - Published by PubMed
Association between Maternal Characteristics and Neonatal Birth Weight in a Korean Population Living in the Seoul Metropolitan Area, Korea: A Birth Cohort Study (COCOA). - Published by PubMed
Postlicensure surveillance for pre-specified adverse events following the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in children. - Published by PubMed
Elevated level of serum osteopontin in school-age children with asthma. - Published by PubMed