Cough Variant Asthma in Children
For parents of children with cough variant asthma, regular sickness and illness can become frustrating and difficult to treat. Because there is no wheezing associated with cough variant asthma, you may not at first understand that what your child has is related to the very common condition. But, before you go rushing to buy asthma medications over the counter or searching the web and kooky health food stores for homeopathic asthma remedies, it’s important to take your child to his or her doctor to discuss your concerns and find out more about how your child’s potentially serious condition instead of home medicating and trying breathing exercises for asthma. Your child may need treatment and medication, and seeing a doctor should be high on your priority list if this illness is suspected.
One of the first clues that your child might have cough variant asthma is their response to other common illnesses. For instance, an upper respiratory infection might leave your child with a cough that lingers long after the illness has subsided. Or, in the case of the common cold, the cough might last long after the runny nose and stuffy head have passed. You may often notice that your child might have episodes of coughing after being exposed to common asthma triggers such as cigarette smoke or animal dander.
It is suggested that if you suspect that your child has cough variant asthma, that you keep a record of the episodes. This way, your doctor can help make a determination as to whether your child needs treatment. Often times, treatment consists of using an inhaler at the first sign of illness to reduce the effects and symptoms. While asthma attack treatment isn’t normally necessary, an inhaler can help to reduce the symptoms and treat the coughing that your child is experiencing.
There is no certainty that children who have the cough variant form of asthma will develop the full blown condition. Some do, and others do not. However, proper medical care and treatment is important because the lingering cough can interfere with a child’s ability to sleep and function normally. If you suspect that your child’s cough might be something more, talk to your health care provider. He or she will work with you and your child to ensure that he or she gets the care necessary to battle the cold, and the neighbor’s dog.