Most children who develop asthma begin with their symptoms before age 5. At a young age there is not enough development of the bronchial tubes so in babies and preschoolers are small and narrow. When a child has a cold or other illness, these pathways can become inflamed and thus become even narrower.34
CAN MY CHILD HAVE ASTHMA?
Although there is no proven way to determine if your child will have asthma, there are factors that can be contemplated that are predictive:
Family history of asthma
Exposure to both prenatal and postnatal tobacco smoke
Diagnosed allergies (skin, food or allergic rhinitis)
WHAT CAN LEAD TO TRIGGERING ASTHMA IN MY SON?
You can safely know that there are factors that trigger the symptoms that asthma causes, some of these factors36 are:
Pollen according to the season of the year
USE OF SPACERS
To keep your child's asthma under control it is important that you are receiving the proper doses of medication, for this there are devices with which the administration of the medication can be facilitated, and the amounts inhaled to be helpful in the treatment of the disease.
In many cases children do not understand how they should use the inhaler when their parents give them the doses, a spacer is a device that will regulate and improve the entry of the medicine to the child's organism.37
REVIEW THE FOLLOWING STEPS FOR PROPER USE
Remove the inhaler cap and shake it as needed
Place the inhaler mouthpiece on the ring at the end of the spacer
Ask the child to take a deep breath and blow completely to empty their lungs
Ask the child to put the mouthpiece of the spacer in his mouth and close the lips
Ask the child to inhale deeply the moment you release a "puff" of medication and continue to breathe slowly with the spacer for 5 more seconds
Remove the inhaler
If you must do 2 inhalations, repeat the same steps waiting 1 minute between each inhalation
At the end of the inhalations wash the child's mouth with water and ask him to throw away the excess water.
34. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology . (2014). Asthma In Children. Retrieved from ACAAI: https://acaai.org/asthma/asthma-101/asthma-in-children
36. American Academy of Family Physicians . (2019). Asthma in Kids. Retrieved from Family Doctor: https://familydoctor.org/condition/asthma-in-kids/
37. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. (2013). Asthma Tip Sheets. Retrieved from NHLBI: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/lung/asthma_tipsheets.pdf