Triggers, Effects and Misconceptions of Asthma
More than 80% of children suffer from allergic asthma4, which means their asthma is triggered by allergens such as mold spores, pet dander, dust mites and pollen. Other asthmatic triggers include microscopic PM 2.5 air particles, bacteria, viruses and changes in temperature and humidity. For children that suffer from asthma, the impact on their quality of life can be significant. Recurrent asthma symptoms frequently cause sleeplessness, daytime fatigue and school absenteeism.
It can be a scary and stressful time for parents who have learnt that their child has been diagnosed with asthma, and it can be very hard to understand what they can do to help manage the condition. There is a misconception that once diagnosed with asthma, a child should limit their daily activities to avoid provoking an asthma attack. However, childhood is filled with exploration and games, and while an asthma diagnosis can be unnerving, it should not mean they need to miss out on anything. If it is well-managed, they can continue to do the things they love and dream about.