Family & Social Child Developement
Asthma Triggers and How to Avoid Them
Asthma is a disease resulting from chronic inflammation of the airways. It is estimated to affect 20 percent of children in Singapore. Common symptoms of asthma are recurrent wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and cough.
Asthma symptoms may be triggered by different factors, ranging from external factors such as airborne pollutants/irritants (e.g. haze, tobacco smoke) and allergens (e.g. house dust mites, animal dander) to physical activity and emotional factors (e.g. anxiety, stress). There is at present no known cure for asthma but with appropriate treatment, most children with asthma can lead normal lives.
Identifying and reducing exposure to avoidable triggers such as tobacco smoke and animal dander may help to improve the asthma control of children says Dr Teoh Oon Hoe, Head and Senior Consultant, Respiratory Medicine Service, KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), a member of the SingHealth group.
Here's a short video on common asthma triggers and tips to avoid them:
The full article can be read here. Read on to learn what to do in case of a children's emergency here.
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