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How to diagnose asthma in infants and children?

How to diagnose asthma in infants and children?

Spirometry(a breathing test) shows airflow problems. The child responds well to a diagnostic trial of inhaled bronchodilatorsand anti-inflammatory medications. No single finding will indicate that the child has asthma, but if the child has several of these findings, it means it is more likely. Differential Diagnosis for Asthma Infants and Children

What causes an asthma attack in a 12 year old?

Asthma is ongoing (chronic) inflammation of airways in the lungs. This inflammation makes the airways vulnerable to episodes of difficult breathing (asthma attacks). Common triggers of attacks include allergies, colds and exercise. Asthma in older children can interfere with sleep, school, sports and social activities.

What kind of inhaler should I give my Child with asthma?

Metered dose inhaler. Small hand-held devices, metered dose inhalers are a common delivery method for asthma medication. To make sure your child gets the correct dose, he or she may also need a hollow tube (spacer) that attaches to the inhaler. Dry powder inhalers. For certain asthma medications, your child may have a dry powder inhaler.

How to know when to talk to your doctor about asthma?

Spot the signs so you know whether to talk to your doctor about asthma Go to step 1 2 Preparing to talk to your GP Use our 5-point checklist to get the most out of your first doctor’s appointment Go to step 2 3 Understanding what your GP said

How old do cats have to be to get asthma?

Asthma in cats usually develops between the ages of two and eight years old, with a higher occurrence in female cats than males. Siamese and Himalayan breeds and breed mixes seem to get asthma more frequently than other breeds.

Why are Siamese cats more likely to have asthma?

Some research suggests that asthma may be more common in Siamese cats. But we don’t know for sure if some cat breeds are more likely to have asthma. Cats who spend some or all of their time outdoors are more likely than indoor cats to develop asthma. Because they’re outside, they’re exposed to potential allergens.

Can a cat be misdiagnosed with asthma?

Because heartworm disease in cats can show asthma-like symptoms like coughing attacks, heartworm disease is often misdiagnosed as asthma. Performing a heartworm test will rule out heartworms as the cause of your cat’s symptoms.