Allergic conditions such as asthma have become more common during
the past century. At Ealing NHS Trust Hospital, London, asthma is
the most common single cause of paediatric admission, with injury
a very close second. Asthma is also the most common cause of re-admission.
50% - 80% of cases will present themselves before the age of five.
involved in the cause of asthma in children can consist of one or
all of the following:
size, maturity and maternal smoking
health: exposure to smoke and viruses
factors (see our dust mite article)
is used to control symptoms and this will be adjusted according
to the severity of asthma. Other measures against asthma include
allergen control, indoor pollutions control, family therapy, and
the use of Chinese or other herbal medicines.
in prevention of asthma has been promoted by use of patient diaries,
information leaflets, indoor and outdoor air quality measures and
development of local green spaces and asthma projects with children
information and advice on asthma visit www.asthma.org.uk
or call the asthma helpline on 0845 701 0203