Asthma & Children
There is a pediatric asthma crisis in the United States: 7 million children have been diagnosed with asthma. Asthma can prevent kids from playing sports, or keep them home from school for days during allergy season.
The most common question I hear parents ask is: “If my child has wheezing from a cold or exercise does that mean he will develop asthma?” The answer is less complicated now because scientific research has followed children with episodes of wheezing for decades and has some predictive guidelines.
What to ask yourself and your doctor
- What’s my child’s total IgE level? IgE is the allergy antibody that tends to be high in allergic children, and one of the best predictors of pediatric asthma.
- Is there a parental history of asthma? This is especially important on the mother’s side.
- Has your child been diagnosed with the rash called eczema? This rash is closely associated with other allergic conditions—allergic rhinitis (nasal congestion) and allergic asthma.
- Is my child allergic to specific allergens? This is important because children who are tested allergic to just one environmental allergen, such as dust mites, pet dander or pollen, or to a food (milk, eggs or peanuts) are more likely to develop allergic asthma.
The good news I mention in my book, Dr. Dean Mitchell’s Allergy and Asthma Solution, is that if a child has a high risk for developing allergic asthma from wheezing episodes, she can be treated with allergy drops. Studies have shown they not only reverse the asthma later on, but prevent it from developing.*
For more information or to get tested, contact us today.
*E.Novembre, ” Co-Seasonal Sublingual Immunotherapy Reduces the Development of Asthma in Children with Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis,” J Allergy Clin Immunol(October 2004).