Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine report that young children who suffer from severe asthma have a reduction in lung functioning and a greater risk of developing more serious diseases later in life. Doctors believe that early detection and asthma relief treatment of those children who have asthma is important in avoiding the development of severe asthma. More importantly, this study indicates that wise parents should take all necessary steps for asthma prevention so that their children are at lower risk for developing asthma or can avoid this debilitating disease entirely.
Anne M. Fitzpatrick, PhD, and W. Gerald Teague, MD, published their study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, which explains how reductions in lung functioning and airflow capacity through childhood can affect disease severity when children later become adults.
Dr Fitzpatrick concluded in her study the importance of early identification of young children with severe asthma, who are at higher risk of reduced lung function as adults. She also advised doctors that educating families about better health and lifestyle choices as well as providing them with treatment plans could make a difference in preventing this problem.
Children who are considered to suffer from severe asthma experience serious asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath despite taking high doses of inhaled corticosteroid drugs on a regular basis. Recent research has revealed that the reduction of airflow or lung capacity is more significant in adults than in children with asthma. This indicated that there is a connection to lung capacity decrease in adults who also suffered from severe asthma as a child.
Most interestingly, the study revealed that despite higher doses of inhaled corticosteroid and controller asthma drugs, children with severe asthma experienced a higher incidence of daily symptoms as well as hospitalization during the previous year. Children with severe asthma also reported significantly lower lung function compared to those with mild or moderate asthma. A decline in lung function of 1 percent a year was more likely in children who had daily asthma symptoms of wheezing and coughing plus a sensitivity to air borne allergens.
In light of this knowledge it would seem to me that governments and educators should place a greater emphasis on educating parents in the simple steps required to prevent the development of asthma in their children. Those parents who's children already suffer from asthma may want to consider a holistic approach or natural asthma relief remedies rather than asthma drugs, which are not only ineffective but are well known for their serious adverse side effects.