5 Things Kids Should Tell Their Asthma Doctor07/10/13
WEDNESDAY, July 10 (HealthDay News) -- Children, not their
parents, should do most of the talking about their asthma symptoms
when seeing an allergist, according to a new study.
Researchers looked at about 80 children with asthma and their
parents. Although parents can provide useful information, it's
important for allergists to ask both parents and children about
symptoms, activity limitations and use of medications to better
understand and treat the child's asthma, the researchers found.
The importance of listening to children with asthma is
highlighted by the fact that they report having a better quality of
life in terms of activity limitations than their parents believe,
according to the study, which was published in the July issue of
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
"Our research shows that physicians should ask parents and children about the effects asthma is having on the child's daily life," said study lead author Margaret Burks, of the pediatrics department of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
"Parents can often think symptoms are better or worse than what the child is really experiencing, especially if they are not with their children all day," Burks said in a news release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Asthma is a serious condition that leads to more than 10.5
million missed school days a year, Dr. James Sublett, chairman of
the college's public relations committee, said in the news release.
"It is important for children to tell their allergist about their
symptoms so the best treatment can be provided and over-treating
doesn't occur," he said.
The asthma experts list these five topics that children with
asthma and their parents should discuss with their allergist:
- If a child can't play sports or participate in gym class and
recess activities. This can indicate that the asthma isn't properly
controlled. It's also important to tell the allergist if a child
can participate in physical activities because it shows the
condition is well managed.
- When a child's asthma symptoms get worse outside or at home.
Sixty percent to 80 percent of children with asthma also have an
allergy. If common allergens such as pollen, mold, dust and pet
dander are triggering your child's asthma symptoms, an allergist
may include allergy shots (immunotherapy) as part of a treatment
- If a child often feels sad or different from other kids because
of asthma. Nearly half of children with asthma report feeling
depressed or left out of activities because of their
- If a child misses school because of asthma. Research shows that
children under the care of a board-certified allergist see a 77
percent reduction in lost time from school.
- When a child's asthma appears to have gone away. It's important
that a child carry and use their inhaler as prescribed, even if
asthma symptoms aren't bothersome. Although symptoms are
controllable with the proper treatment, there isn't a cure for
asthma and it likely won't disappear. An asthma attack can strike
at any time.
The American Lung Association has more about
children and asthma.
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