Asthma in Babies-Lisa Need help for Infant asthma Problem

Asthma in Babies-Lisa Need help for Infant asthma Problem

Today I check my email address and I got an email from Lisa, She said:”My 6 month old infant has GER(infant acid reflux) and just recently diagnosed with infant asthma. She has a chronic cough and wheezes. Looking for help.” Because I am not a doctor or health care professional I told her to immediately meet her health care professional/Doctor to get an advice for her asthma in babies problem.

I really interested in this asthma in babies problem, because as I know, asthma usually happen to children and adult, so I do some online research about to know more about this asthma in babies.

What is Asthma?

From Wikipedia, Asthma is:”is a chronic condition involving the respiratory system in which the airway occasionally constricts, becomes inflamed, and is lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers. These episodes may be triggered by such things as exposure to an environmental stimulant (or allergen) such as cold air, warm air, moist air, exercise or exertion, or emotional stress. In children, the most common triggers are viral illnesses such as those that cause the common cold.[1] This airway narrowing causes symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. The airway constriction responds to bronchodilators. Between episodes, most patients feel well but can have mild symptoms and they may remain short of breath after exercise for longer periods of time than the unaffected individual. The symptoms of asthma, which can range from mild to life threatening, can usually be controlled with a combination of drugs and environmental changes.”

Lisa said in her email from me that her infant had a chronic cough and wheezing. I do not know that coughing and wheezing in babies could judge the babies has asthma. After I find and information about the relationship coughing and wheezing with asthma in babies, I found these informations:

Does wheezing always mean asthma in babies?
“In babies younger than 12 months, the airways are already small so it doesn’t take much inflammation or contraction to cause symptoms. A recurring wheeze can be the first indication that a baby might have asthma. Wheeze is a common symptom that is typically associated with asthma. But not everyone who wheezes has asthma.Wheezing occurs when lower airways are narrow or constricted – breathing feels difficult and there is a whistling sound in the chest on breathing out.Wheezing is very common in the first few years of life. Infants’ airways are small and if a child gets a
respiratory tract infection, these already small airways become swollen and plugged with mucus – this can lead to wheezing. For most children it is temporary and does not mean that they have asthma.”
What’s causing my baby’s coughing and wheezing?
“It is not always easy for doctors to tell whether a baby has asthma or another condition causing similar symptoms, especially before 12 months of age. There are many other causes of wheezing in babies apart from asthma that must be considered.

Bronchiolitis is a common condition of babies under 6 months old. Most cases occur between late autumn and early spring. Caused by a virus, bronchiolitis starts like a cold, then the baby often wheezes, coughs and breathes quickly. There may also be a fever. Bronchiolitis generally lasts about 10 days; the cough, however, may last for weeks. In some infants, especially young babies, bronchiolitis can be severe, occasionally requiring hospitalisation.”

Why are some infants and toddlers more susceptible to getting asthma?
“One of the most common causes of asthma symptoms in children five years old and younger is a respiratory virus. Although both adults and children experience respiratory infections, children have more of them and some preschool children are plagued with viral infections. At least half of children with asthma show some sign of it before the age of five. Viruses are the most common cause of acute asthma episodes in infants six months old or younger.”

So, it really difficult for doctor to judge your under 3 years old babies got asthma only from coughing and wheezing symptoms. But you could consider to get advice from your doctor if you got these kind of asthma in babies symptoms:

What symptoms in babies/children can be due to asthma?

“Small children (up to three years):
a wheezing sound when breathing out
coughing, wheezing or breathlessness with exercise
prolonged coughing, not because of a cold, often worse at night
generally feeling unwell
recurrent colds from which it takes a long time to recover.”

If you have an experience with asthma in babies problem and have or know the best answer for the asthma treatment in babies, please share your experience here to help another parent like Lisa who had a big problem with asthma in babies.

Please consider to read the resources below for more information about asthma in babies and children symptoms and treatments.

  1. Asthma Basics Center
  2. Asthma symptoms
  3. Asthma Medications for Kids
  4. Treating Asthma in Children

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