Pediatric Asthma and Stress

Pediatric Asthma and Stress…what all parents must know!

Normally, when we think of stress, we associate the word with normal adult day to day living. Not very frequently do we associate stress with our children.  It is hard to define stress, because it is so much a fact of life. Stress tests us, and tries us, and all living creatures are at some point affected by stress.

As humans, we tend to think of stress as depressing, and harmful to our well being.  This is, in part, due to the accumulation of pressure in our day to day lives.  But from a natural point of view, a certain level of stress can be positive, negative, or neutral.

Asthma Education For Parents

The most common chronic childhood disease in the world is asthma.

Studies have shown there are approximately five million children in the US alone who suffer with asthma, and this figure rises every day.  Untreated asthma is the most common cause for school absences.  Children with asthma, who suffer from stressful events such as illness, death, and divorce, are at an increased risk of having an acute asthma attack.

Not only has stress been attributed to increasing the risk of an asthma attack in asthmatic children, but it can lead to further problems associated with the disease.

These problems include:

  • chubbiness
  • despair
  • poor self esteem
  • poor school performance

If there is friction within the family, it can also increase the chance of an acute asthma attack in an asthmatic child.

In knowing these facts, it is vital that parents be educated to recognize symptoms of stress induced asthma, and take appropriate actions when these symptoms are recognized.

While stress cannot always be avoided, parents of asthmatic children should take all possible precautions to avoid tense situations around the young person in order to help prevent the child from having an acute asthma attack.

Having A Child With Asthma

This is an important step in the preventive care of your child’s asthma, as well as part of controlling the environment around them.  You would not permit someone to blow second hand smoke in your child’s face, as a matter of fact; you likely do your best to keep your child away from second hand smoke.

Stress is no different. You should take all measures available to keep excessive anxiety away from your child which in turn will greatly reduce the incidence of pediatric asthma.