Asthma is a disease in which the airways swell or get blocked. It is a chronic inflammatory disease and is very common. A major challenge is to find out if your baby has asthma especially because it has not grown enough to describe. About 6 million children with asthma develop symptoms before the age of 6 and many begin wheezing before they turn 1 year old. It is important to detect infant asthma because if left untreated, inflammation can cause unending damage to the lungs of the infant.
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Detecting infant asthma is not easy because infant asthma symptoms can be subtle to an extent that you may not expect it. Because your infant can't describe to you or your doctor how he or she is feeling, your doctor will rely on your account of the symptoms and actions of the baby. Furthermore, your doctor will also consider a family history of asthma to decide whether your baby has infant asthma. In the case of a severe asthma attack, a person may need emergency treatment to restore normal breathing.
Just as in adults, infant asthma symptoms can vary from child to child. In infant asthma, babies may have some of the adult asthma symptoms described below. Furthermore, poor feeding, sweating or uncomfortable appearance may be symptoms of infant asthma.
Your doctor may also ask you about the following when looking forward to an infant asthma diagnosis:
When your infant wheezes, be sure you have your child evaluated to make sure they do not have infant asthma.
Medications to treat asthma symptoms in infants are usually given in a tasty liquid form or with a nebulizer. A nebulizer is a small machine that uses forced air to create a "medication mist" for the baby to breath through a small face mask. Nebulizer treatments take about 10 minutes and are given a number of times each day until symptoms decline. Although, a nebulizer treatment is gentle, babies and young children often are frightened by the mask and resist the treatment at first.
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