The incidence of allergies and asthma is increasing – especially in children. By early detection and timely treatment, it can be ensured in many cases that allergic asthma develops from an allergy.
Allergies – an increasing risk
Allergies are an increasingly common health problem in Germany – and not only there. Already every third German suffers from one or more allergies. If you are an allergic person or your partner (or maybe even both of you), then your children are at an increased risk of developing allergies and / or allergic asthma. You should therefore mention at an early stage during your visits to the pediatrician that you or the mother of the child suffer from allergies.
Act on time
Signs of a milk or food allergy can already manifest in infants, such as increased spitting, persistent diarrhea or eczema or other skin rashes. Pollen allergies or house dust allergies usually manifest around the age of four. Allergy testing does not make much sense before, as the results are considered unreliable for young children. Nevertheless, it is important to treat children with allergies well and in good time. The sooner a consistent treatment starts, the better it can be prevented that the allergy from the upper respiratory tract (eyes and nose) migrates to the lower respiratory tract and there is an allergic asthma. This so-called floor change should be avoided.
Recognize the first signs
So, if your child always has red or itchy eyes and has a clear, fluid, runny nose (or a persistent nasal congestion) with recurrent sneezing attacks, then it’s worth going to the pediatrician. Today, there are very well-tolerated and also child-friendly drugs with which these symptoms can be treated selectively.
In addition, if your child suffers from persistent dry cough and wakes up at night or early in the morning with this cough, when it coughs after strains such as romp, play, football etc and gasps for breath, then this may already be a problem Beginning asthma acts. Please also point out the pediatrician in this case. He will do the appropriate tests and, if necessary, have a pulmonary function test performed. This is not painful for the child (it simply has to breathe several times as directed into a mouthpiece) and only takes a few minutes.
Use asthma screening
Perhaps the pediatrician will also point out to you that your child is currently still healthy, but that as a child of allergy sufferers or asthmatics it has an increased risk and is therefore included in an asthma screening program. This is already possible in different federal states and means that your child is examined at intervals and with special attention to an allergic disease.