When can your child’s asthma be fatal?
New York: Many children around the world, including Pakistan, suffer from asthma, but sometimes the seizures become severe and even fatal. In this regard, experts have provided some tips, especially for parents, by knowing which they can save the life of their child.
Dr. Khalil Saware, a respiratory specialist at Rutgers University, says that thousands of children and adults in the United States die after their asthma worsens, and that a similar situation may arise in Pakistan. Occasionally there is a recurrence of asthma attacks that turn into a cardiac arrest. In this type of death, doctors ignore asthma and blame it on a heart attack.
This is why it is important to know the severity of asthma, especially for children. In this regard, Dr. Khalil was asked two important questions:
Question: What is important to know about asthma attacks?
Answer: Some parents tell their children after they die of asthma that they wish they had complete knowledge of asthma so that this tragedy would not happen.
This is because an asthma attack completely closes the airways. Seizures may vary from person to person. Sometimes colds, sometimes dust, allergies, pollution, airborne particles, dogs and even cats can make asthma worse. It even becomes impossible to control.
Asthma attacks in children increase during the allergy season. In the meantime, care must be taken to keep them away from environmental pollution.
Question: What are the symptoms of severe and uncontrolled asthma?
Answer: Experts have given some of the symptoms which are as follows:
Asthma attacks in the middle of the night. This condition can develop several times a month. Similarly, if a child has asthma while exercising or running, he should give up everything and try to keep him calm.
Other symptoms include persistent coughing that does not go away after a week or two, and severe asthma. If other diseases arise along with it, doctors should be contacted immediately. On the other hand, ingested steroids should be given more than once a year.
Question: In what symptoms should the child be rushed to the hospital?
Answer: If the medicine does not work on the child then this is the most important symptom. That is, albuterol or similar medicine should be taken at intervals of 20 minutes to 2 hours and if there is no relief, it is necessary to go to the hospital immediately.
The most important thing is not to wait for the asthma to get worse or to have an emergency and consult a doctor.