Asthma in Toddlers

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There are several reasons that asthma in toddlers is more dangerous than asthma in adults.   The first issue that must be considered is that they lack the communication skills and understanding of illness that adults have, so they may not know what’s happening to them, and may not be able to adequately communicate what they’re feeling.  This means that parents need to be particularly observant of their children, and note certain asthma symptoms should they ever appear.

If their child’s chest does not deflate when they breathe out, for example, they may be experiencing an asthma attack.  The same is true if their stomach or chest is drawn violently in and/or out as they try to breathe, or if their nostrils flutter while they’re trying to breathe.  A pallid and/or blue tinge to the face is particularly indicative of a sharp decrease in oxygen intake, and is another asthma attack symptom.

The second obstacle for the proper treatment of a toddler experiencing an asthma attack is that they may be unable to use a rescue inhaler, and may have to use a nebulizer instead.  This issue, like the previous one, should resolve itself as they grow older, but when their children are toddlers, parents should be sure to ask what medical measures should be taken in case of an asthma attack.

Thirdly, the airways of toddlers are physically smaller than those of older children and adults, so even a small decrease in their size could cause a marked lack of air flow.  This means that, even if they were able to communicate and properly use a rescue inhaler, toddlers would be in more danger from asthma attacks than other people.  For this reason, as with the above reasons, parents need to be particularly aware of whether or not their children are manifesting symptoms of asthma, and, in particular, if they are experiencing an asthma attack.

Any parent with an asthmatic toddler needs to schedule an appointment with their child’s doctor.  During this appointment, they can talk to the doctor about the different signs of an asthma attack, and the different steps that they should take in order to insure that their child stays safe.  They should discuss the medication that their child should use during these attacks, as well as any possible sources that trigger asthma attacks for their child, as well as anything that they can do to maintain their child’s health.