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A Kids Guide To Asthma Safety

Where’s the Air? A Kids Guide to Asthma and Safety

Authored by Dr. Jeff Bennert

Have you ever been out of breath? If so, you know that it can be a little scary to work hard just to breathe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 6 million kids experience asthma-related symptoms. Because an asthma attack can be scary, it is important to understand what asthma is, how it can be treated, and what should be done in an emergency.

The easiest way to understand asthma is to think about the breathing tubes that are inside the lungs. These tubes make sure that air gets into the lungs. If they are sensitive and begin to swell, there is less space for air to move into the lungs. This can make it more difficult to take oxygen in and tougher for a person to breathe. Sometimes you can hear a person making a wheezing sound as they try to get air into their lungs. You might also hear a person complain that their chest feels tight.

Inhalers are the most common way to treat asthma. Some fast-acting inhalers are used when an asthma attack begins. They work to deliver necessary medicine to the breathing tubes in order to help with the swelling. This opens up the space in the tubes and allows oxygen to flow into the lungs easier. Other inhalers are taken on a regular basis and sometimes contain steroids. These inhalers help to strengthen the airways and prevent asthma attacks from happening.

If a person is starting to experience shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing, it is time to find an adult and find out if any inhalers are available to help the person take in more oxygen. If breathing really becomes difficult or the inhaler isn’t working, it means that a person needs to see a doctor right away. It is possible for kids to avoid things that might trigger an attack, like certain allergies. By keeping up with medications and being aware of oncoming asthma symptoms, it is possible to lead a normal life.