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CaroMont to Host Asthma Camp for Kids

07-01-2015

Breather Easier this Summer at Camp Summer Breeze

CaroMont Health is hosting Camp Summer Breeze, a three-day camp for children age 7 to 12 living with asthma on July 15-17, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McAdenville YMCA. Campers will have an opportunity to learn more about how to better manage their asthma all while enjoying fun activities like swimming, yoga, craft-making and more! There is no cost to attend. For more information and to register, please e-mail alleyp@caromonthealth.org or call 704.671.7944.

Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States with symptoms ranging from minor to severe and varying from person to person. In some cases, children may experience infrequent asthma attacks with symptoms occurring at specific times such as during physical activity, while others may experience daily symptoms or those that occur on an ongoing basis. It’s important that you and your child understand the signs and symptoms of asthma.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling (wheezing is a common sign of asthma in children)
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu

Many things can trigger or worsen asthma symptoms. Asthma triggers are things that don’t bother most people but can make inflamed lungs even worse for a child with asthma. One of the most common triggers for asthma attacks in young children is the common cold. Your doctor can help you determine your child’s triggers.

Asthma attack triggers in children:

  • Smoke
  • Allergies to things such as pets, dust mites and plants
  • Strong smells (perfumes or other odors)
  • Changes in weather or cold air
  • Running or playing hard
  • Crying or laughing

Not all people who have asthma experience these symptoms. Likewise, having these symptoms doesn't always mean that you have asthma. The best way to determine if your child has asthma is to receive proper testing by a medical expert.

Allergy-induced asthma may produce problems year round, because it's triggered by substances found in the everyday living environment. Other people only deal with the symptoms at certain times of the year, especially if they have the outdoor allergies, meaning triggers are more commonly found outdoor than indoor. Other children may have allergy/asthma symptoms year-round but find they get much worse in the summertime when summer pollen is circling the air.

Once you know and understand what triggers your child’s asthma, it is important to minimize exposure to allergens (substances to which you are allergic). Allergen exposure can temporarily increase the inflammation of the airways in a child with asthma, making them more susceptible to an asthma attack.

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