Pediatric asthma is, by far, the most prevalent persistent infancy ailment and the principal reason for hospitalizations in children. A new study conducted by the researchers at the University of Connecticut revealed that pediatric asthma can be improved with some simple steps.
Pediatric asthma is a very serious condition
Pediatric asthma is a respiratory disorder that can become seriously interfere the daily routine and can even be lethal.
Annually, approximately 3,600 asthma patients die. Among them, a few hundred are kids. Besides, asthma causes more than 136,000 hospitalizations in children and above 300,000 hospitalizations in the adult population.
“The key to caring for pediatric asthma patients is that the most appropriate medication at the right dosage must be prescribed, and the child has to take their medication every day. If you are concerned your child’s asthma is not well controlled, it is imperative you raise these concerns with your pediatrician,” explained Dr. Alexander Hogan, the leading author of the study.
Corticosteroids inhalers may help asthmatic kids live a normal life
Kids suffering from chronic are forced to take asthma medication on a daily basis. Usually, asthma symptoms can be reduced with inhalers with corticosteroid which have the main goal of protecting against asthma attacks by lowering the respiratory tract inflammation which is very common in asthma.
Corticosteroids inhalers are also providing a much more normal life for asthmatic kids, which now can enjoy childhood as other children do.
According to the study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut and published in the journal Hospital Pediatrics, here’s how to keep your kids’ asthma under control:
- Inhale corticosteroids for two times a day, every day;
- Use the inhaler with a pediatric spacer (such as in the pic from the beginning of the article);
- Put the inhaler next to the kids’ toothbrush to force them to remember to use it every morning and every night;
- Keep an eye on breathing difficulties, breath shortness, cough, or wheezing, and use a mobile app or a diary to track your kids’ asthma symptoms’ frequency and intensity, as well as, the possible triggers for asthmatic reactions;
- Take you asthmatic kids to regular checkups at your pediatrician, at least once every 4 months;