Asthma – Responsible for absence from school in kids

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease and is now a most common phenomenon in both adults and children. Asthma is causing about 10.5 million missed school days among children each year in the United States. It is also one of the leading contributors of illness and missed sleep in urban kids according to latest research. The research was carried out as a study that is published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The study found that the children particularly in cases of Hispanic children were frequently absent from school, experienced limitation in sporting activities and visited the emergency room quite often.

The study was conducted under the lead authorship of Dr. Lauren Daniel at the Bradley Hasbro Research Center of Brown Medical School involving parents of about 147 children under the age group of 6 to 13 years old. Dr. Lauren Daniel informed that children from urban backgrounds with asthma are at increased risk of disrupted sleep and is therefore impacting their daytime functioning. Dr. Lauren Daniel recommends that it is important for healthcare providers and parents to routinely monitor sleep in children with asthma in order to minimize the sleep disruptions and ensure proper asthmatic control.

The study further found out that affect of asthmatic control would be negative where the urban living environments are in the midst of poverty and neighborhood disadvantage. The team found that when children’s asthma was not well controlled their quality of life deteriorated significantly. In addition, children suffering from high anxiety and general worries had difficulty in falling back asleep after getting awakened due to asthmatic symptoms thereby affecting their day to day activities. The symptoms of asthma in children include:

  • Cough and Cold during nights,
  • Chest tightness, pressure or pain
  • Wheezing,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Most of the children with recurrent bronchitis may have asthma.

Stanley Fineman, M.D, President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) informs that with proper asthmatic care and management, the risk of night time symptoms that disrupts the sleep can be minimized. The treatment of asthma can be best done by Board-certified allergists who are the best professionals in this field. The number of school absences and visits to hospitals can be reduced significantly where the allergists help the parents and their children in developing a treatment plan. This in turn will lead to increase in productivity and overall quality of life among children suffering from asthma.

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