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Asthma can be tough for kids to handle even on a good day, but managing the chronic condition during the winter months can pose a particular challenge. Cold air, for one, can result in shortness of breath caused by a tightening of the airways, a common asthma symptom. Other symptoms include coughing, wheezing and chest tightness, which can be brought on by:
During childhood, more boys than girls tend to develop asthma, but that reverses as they grow older. Come the teen years, symptoms may lessen, but they typically do return.
Asthma patients are treated with various medications such as bronchodilators (rescue medications like albuterol) and maintenance medications (inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers, inhaled anticholinergics, biologicals). There’s currently no cure.
How can a parent help his or her child manage asthma, especially during the colder months?
New medications continue to be made available for both adult and child asthma sufferers, and your physician can discuss those options with you. For more information on asthma and the services we offer, please visit our website.
Hasbro Children's Hospital also leads a variety of community-wide asthma education, management, support and advocacy projects designed to improve the health and quality of life of children with asthma. Learn more about our community asthma programs.