Lt Col Reynolds
It’s estimated that around seven million children in the U.S. are affected by asthma, making it the most common chronic childhood disease. Dr. Flemings, can you tell us more about childhood asthma?
Absolutely, Dr. Reynolds. Although asthma can occur in people of any age, even in infants, most children with asthma develop it by the age of five. Asthma seems to be more common in boys than in girls in early childhood. By the time children become teenagers, however, the risk seems to even out between girls and boys.
Children with undiagnosed or untreated asthma often have less stamina than other children, and they may avoid physical activities that cause them to cough or wheeze. They may complain that their chest hurts or that they can’t catch their breath.
The best defense against childhood asthma begins with knowledge of the disease. This is the best way to ensure that, if your child does develop asthma, you and your provider can work together to control the condition.