Children's Asthma Risk Factors

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Asthma in children is increasing in incidence and severity. How can we reduce the risk that our children develop asthma? Dr. Edward Hill discusses risk factors for childrens asthma in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

About one in 10 children has asthma attacks. These attacks cause wheezing, cough, tightness in the chest and breathing problems. About one-half of these children will outgrow these attacks. Left untreated, asthma can permanently scar the airways and can be fatal.

There are several risk factors for childhood asthma:

- boys are more likely than girls to get asthma

- black children are more likely to have asthma than white children

- children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have asthma

- children who are exposed to passive cigarette smoke are at greater risk of getting asthma

- breast fed children actually have a lower incidence of asthma, perhaps because they get some protection from their mothers antibodies.

Some of these risk factors for asthma are avoidable. If your child has symptoms of wheezing, cough or breathlessness see your physician. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of asthma may prevent future lung problems.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.