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Children May Outgrow Asthma Symptoms

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For a parent, hearing the sound of your child wheezing or being short of breath is always a scary sound. You hope that the episode passes quickly and that your child never has another one. Some parents are lucky enough and are granted this wish. The reason why is that some children are able to outgrow their asthma symptoms, according to the website, Web MD.

How do the children outgrow these symptoms? The reason is simple. These children do not have full blown cases of asthma. They have what is known as asthma symptoms, which mimic the symptoms of the lung condition known as asthma. These symptoms are treated in the same way as asthma.

It isn’t always clear why a young child is presenting asthma symptoms such as shortness of breathing or wheezing. This is why doctors will usually treat the symptoms as they would any case of asthma. They will normally give the child medication and the parents instructions on how to deal with an asthma attack. Then the doctors wait and see if the child will slowly begin to outgrow these symptoms as he grows older, especially when he hits the age of adolescence.

During this time the parents are encouraged to continue any and all asthma treatments and to avoid any triggers that can cause an asthma attack. Triggers can include pets, tobacco smoke, mold, dust mites, and outdoor pollution. Parents should also try to keep the child away from people who have the common cold or any other type of viruses.

Estimates suggest that about half of the children with asthma symptoms will begin to outgrow them before they reach adolescence. The other half of the children will continue to suffer from asthma for their entire life. This may be due to other contributing facts such as:

• One of their parents suffers from asthma
• They have food allergies
• They suffer from eczema
• They suffer from airborne allergies
• The good news is that asthma can be a controllable condition, whether it is one that your child suffers from for a few years or for his entire life. Yet, it can only be controlled with the help of your doctor. For this reason, you must be honest with your child’s doctor about your child’s symptoms and his living environment.