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What You Need to Know about Your Child and Asthma

17 de abril de 2019

More than 70,000 children in Arkansas have asthma - almost 1 in 10 children in the state. Arkansas Children's receives more than 8,500 asthma-related visits each year in our and other clinics. In 2015-2016, $3 million was spent on 700 emergency visits for asthma attacks alone. For children, an asthma diagnosis often means missed school days. For parents, it can mean higher health care costs. 

¿Qué es el asma?

El asma es una enfermedad crónica (duradera) de las vías respiratorias (pulmones) que implica:

  • Inflamación (hinchazón): la respuesta natural del cuerpo a los estímulos dañinos; por lo general exagerada en los pacientes asmáticos

  • Obstrucción de las vías respiratorias: el exceso de inflamación produce el estrechamiento de las vías respiratorias, lo que dificulta el paso de aire a través de ellas

  • Hyper-reactivity: Airway muscles react strongly to inhaled irritants, narrowing the airways even more

Asthma symptoms include:

  • Tos (a menudo, empeora por la noche)

  • Wheezing or whistling sound heard when breathing

  • Falta de aire o problemas para respirar

  • Dolor/opresión en el pecho

  • Dificultad para hacer deportes o actividad física

  • Los síntomas por lo general empeoran durante la actividad física o en contacto con los agentes desencadenantes

Managing Asthma at School

Managing asthma at home is relatively easy in cooperation with your child’s physician. However, managing asthma at school can be challenging for some children. Thankfully, the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas, established and funded by Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, is making it easier for school nurses to help students manage asthma. The foundation recently granted Arkansas Children’s School Nurse Academy funds to support the Tackling Asthma and its Social Determinants through School Nurses initiative.

The grant provides training and 200 school asthma care kit to school nurses. The asthma care kits include pediatric stethoscopes, emergency albuterol inhalers, chamber spacers and masks for albuterol as well as pulse oximeters to measure the blood oxygen saturation level of a patient.

What Makes Arkansas Children’s Different for Kids with Asthma

El board-certified experts in our award-winning Allergy & Immunology Division provide care to children with allergic and immunologic diseases, including asthma, by combining clinical care and research with cutting-edge technology. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, ranked Arkansas Children’s Hospital in four specialties, including Pulmonología, in the 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. 

If you suspect your child has asthma, talk to your family physician or pediatrician about a referral to Arkansas Children's for evaluation and testing. For appointments, call 501-364-4000 (Little Rock) or 479-725-6995 (Springdale). 

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