Asthma Symptoms in Kids - Health Channel


Asthma Symptoms in Kids |

Asthma Symptoms in Kids, Health Channel

Asthma Symptoms in Kids

In an interview with the Health Channel, Dr. Mario Zambrano, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician with Homestead Hospital, talks about asthma in children. He explains that it can get serious if the child does not follow a specific treatment plan. 

Asthma can get worse with time, so it is important to use the medications prescribed, like inhaled steroids. Dr. Zambrano laments that, unfortunately, they are stigmatized, “A lot of people don’t like to use inhaled steroids, but they are preventive medications to help avoid asthma attacks or severe asthma attacks.”

 The CDC states that asthma affects 1 in 12 children. Dr. Zambrano explains that the rates are high because doctors have gotten better at diagnosing it. “You can argue that there’s more of it, but another factor is that we’re cleaning a lot. We’re using a lot more propellants in the air. We’re using a lot of gas and the ozone layer is being affected. I think some of [the asthma] is related to the environment,” Dr. Zambrano speculates. 

Dr. Zambrano adds that one of the major symptoms of an asthma attack is shortness of breath. “They say they feel like there’s a pillow over their face. They can’t get air in in their lungs nor out. That means you’re in dire straits if you get to that point.” 

Watch the full segment of Dr. Mario Zambrano discussing asthma in children, here: 

DISCLAIMER: The information and opinions expressed in the programs on this channel and website are intended to address specific questions asked or situations described in each particular program, are for educational purposes only, and are not designed to constitute advice or recommendations as to any disease, ailment, or physical condition. You should not act or rely upon any information contained in these programs without seeking the advice of your personal physician or a qualified medical provider. If you have any questions about the information or opinions expressed, please contact your doctor or other medical professional.