Asthma affects about one in five children in Singapore. Learn more about asthma in children and asthma triggers.
Asthma is an atopic (i.e. allergic) condition. The term "Atopic March" or "Allergic March" was coined to describe the progression of allergy-related conditions in childhood, usually beginning with eczema and progressing to food allergy, allergic rhinitis (sensitive nose) and asthma.
This means that if your child develops eczema, he/she will have a higher risk of getting other atopic conditions, such as food allergy and asthma, in the future. In Singapore, the incidence of atopic conditions among children are increasing. These conditions may coexist in a child.
FOODS SUCH AS COLD DRINKS, ICE CREAM AND CHOCOLATES ARE USUALLY NOT ASTHMA TRIGGERS.
Asthma symptoms and signs vary from child to child and might get better or worse over time. During an asthma attack, the airway lining becomes inflamed, the airway wall muscles contract and go into spasms. Thick mucus is also produced and clogs up the airways.
Asthma symptoms include the following:
If your child has wheezing, coughing or difficulty in breathing, it is important to talk to your doctor about the possibility of your child having asthma.
1. Medications for Asthma
2. Keep Yourself Educated
3. Educate Your Child & Teachers
• Reduce the risk of respiratory infections with regular vaccinations, good hand hygiene and avoiding contact with sick people.
• Reduce exposure to allergens
• Reduce exposure to irritants or air pollution
• Only allow exercise when your child's asthma is well-controlled.
• If your child is facing a lot of stress or has high-riding emotions, do teach your child relaxation techniques to manage his/her mental state.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is meant purely for educational purposes and may not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should seek the advice of your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider before starting any treatment or if you have any questions related to your health, physical fitness or medical condition.
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This article was last reviewed on
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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