In childhood asthma, the lungs and airways become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers, such as inhaling pollen or catching a cold or other respiratory infection. Childhood asthma can cause bothersome daily symptoms that interfere with play, sports, school and sleep. In some children, unmanaged asthma can cause dangerous asthma attacks.
Childhood asthma isn’t a different disease from asthma in adults, but children face unique challenges. The condition is a leading cause of emergency department visits, hospitalizations and missed school days.
The right treatment can keep symptoms under control and prevent damage to growing lungs.
On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Angela Mattke a Mayo Clinic pediatrician and host of “Ask the Mayo Mom” is joined by Dr. Manuel Arteta, a Mayo Clinic pediatric pulmonologist, to discuss managing asthma in children.