Navigation Links
Cold, Flu Season Poses Risks for Kids With Asthma
Date:10/9/2011

SATURDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Symptoms of asthma can be worsened by a cold or the flu, creating a potentially dangerous situation for children, according to experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

In fact, 30 percent of kids who are admitted to the hospital with the flu have asthma, putting them at risk for also developing pneumonia, Dr. Beth Allen, a physician of pulmonary medicine, said in a hospital news release.

"All it takes is one trigger -- a common cold, a change in the weather, allergens that kids are exposed to, cigarette smoke -- any of those things might trigger already irritated airways to become even more agitated," said Allen, who is also a faculty member at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

"Actually, colds are the number one thing that land kids with asthma in the hospital. They'll come down with a cold, start having a cough on day two, and by day three, they're pretty sick and can experience a severe asthma flare-up," she said.

There's a surge in the number of children who visit the emergency room during cold and flu season at Nationwide Children's Hospital, experts there pointed out.

"We suspect that this spike is due to a variety of factors," explained Allen. "During the summer, asthma tends to be less severe, and some families may not always regularly use controller therapies for their children. But with allergens that come into play during the fall, the weather changing, and kids catching more colds as they're back in the classroom, it all combines for a perfect storm of asthma flare-ups."

To reduce the number of asthmatic kids who end up in the emergency room, there are several steps parents can take to protect their children from severe flare-ups, including:

  • Children should get a flu shot to give their immune system a head start against any viruses.
  • Kids should get a check up in the fall to assess their condition ahead of flu season.
  • Children who are prescribed a daily asthma controller should be monitored to make sure they are taking their medication -- even when they are feeling well.
  • Parents should work with their child's doctor to develop a written asthma action plan to help prepare for different situations that could affect kids' health.

"Parents should be able to recognize the symptoms, know which medicines to use if they develop, and know when to call the doctor if that medicine is failing," added Allen. "Ideally, they should walk away from a doctor's visit with this all written down in what we call an asthma action plan."

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on asthma in children.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, news release, Oct. 3, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Echinacea No Cure for the Common Cold, Study Finds
2. Federationists Out in Cold, Again, This Time In Kalamazoo, Demand Commission Bring Boone Back
3. Flu Killed 115 Children Last Season: CDC
4. Longer Allergy Season Means More Misery
5. Last Years Flu Shot Wont Protect Kids This Season
6. FDA Unveils Flu Vaccines for 2011-12 Season
7. Season of birth and celiac disease in Massachusetts children
8. MRSA Infections May Vary by Season
9. MRSA infection shown to be seasonal
10. Xolair Reduces Seasonal Asthma Attacks for Inner City Kids: Study
11. Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... As Spring reignites vigilance ... research related to Zika virus during pregnancy, as well as other prenatal exposures ... science. , The Teratology Society is an international and multidisciplinary ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... ... Buyers and sellers in the thriving multi-billion dollar cannabis marketplace – from ... be heartened by the industry’s current surge. But another thing that unifies them is ... At last they can simply, safely and effectively end their aroma anguish thanks to ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... , ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... of predictive analytics to its patient care management module. Using this new feature, ... a patient has been initiated on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral, or ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... , ... April 25, 2017 , ... There is no ... Hospital, according to a special report in the May issue of Consumer Reports focused ... highest quality ranking for results achieved during and after coronary bypass and aortic valve ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... Amendia, Inc., designer, ... its strategic partnership with and platinum sponsorship of Global Spine Outreach (“GSO”), a ... effective management of complex spine deformity cases, particularly in children. , GSO’s focus ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/21/2017)... April 21, 2017 Halo Labs announces the ... particle analysis system called the Horizon at PEGS 2017 ... The new system analyzes sub visible particulate matter in ... particle screening as early as candidate selection and pre-formulation. ... biopharma contract research organization Elion Labs for ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and ... announced that it will be participating in the Deutsche ... InterContinental Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts ... at 11:20 a.m. Eastern Time. A live ... Biomet,s Investor Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com .  The ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... Market and Increasing Usage of Complex Biologics during the Forecast Period" ... ... 20 Billion in 2015 to around USD 26 Billion by 2020. ... by Rapidly Expanding Injectables Market and Increasing Usage of Complex Biologics ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: