Childhood Asthma and Related Health Problems

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Children with asthma not only face this airway disease but also have to manage other allergy-related diseases such as those that affect quality of life.


In the U.S. asthma is increasing each year as it continues to grow. As of 2014 there were 6.3 million children with asthma. In 2013 38.9 out of 100 children visited the emergency room due to asthma. As we are aware there are many diseases that are related to other conditions and asthma is no different. The following contains other conditions in which asthma is related to in children.


Children with asthma are more likely to be obese in later on childhood or when they are an adolescent. In a recently published analysis among 2,171 non-obese children ages five to eight years and were enrolled in the Southern California Children’s Health Study (CHS) and followed for up to 10 years. The researchers found that children with asthma were 51% more likely to be obese over the next decade compared to children without the airway disease. The researchers also found that asthma rescue medication use appeared to reduce obesity risk independent of physical activity. (Effects of Childhood Asthma on the Development of Obesity among School-Aged Children. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, January 2017)

Developmental and Behavioral Problems

Research conducted at University of Virginia Children's Hospital used data from he National Survey of Children's Health 2003, which was obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics. The results had come from telephone polls of households with children. Parents were polled to see if their child had asthma, the severity and behavioral problems. Information came from 102,353 children ages 0 to 17 for the years 2003-2004. The study found depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities were additional physical/mental diseases among those children who had asthma. The more severe the asthma the higher rate of diseases. More than 10% of asthmatic children had experienced problems that remained for more than a year and had required counseling or treatment.

Vitamin D

Evidence has been conflicting in regards to the association between low vitamin D levels and developing asthma. Researchers conducted a systematic review of cohort studies. The search included an electronic search of MEDLINE and EMBASE in February 2013. The epidemiological evidence suggested that there is a probable link between low serum levels of vitamin D and the diagnosis of asthma in children. (Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology201410:31DOI: 10.1186/1710-1492-10-31)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

According to a report from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) GERD may be frequently overlooked in in infants and young children. Recent studies strongly suggest GERD exasperates or may be the main cause of asthma symptoms in very young children. Due to the fact small children have underdeveloped digestive symptoms they are more likely to have GERD.


In a population-based study researchers examined the current risk of asthma and the co-existence of allergy-related diseases at 6 years of age among children with and without eczema at 2 years of age. Questionnaires evaluating different environmental exposures and health variables were given at two years old and an identical one was given at six years. The results showed almost all cases of eczema were mild to moderate and early eczema was linked to a higher risk of developing childhood asthma. (BMC Pediatrics201212:168DOI: 10.1186/1471-2431-12-168)


Some allergens are more likely to trigger an asthma episode. In very young children food allergies can result in asthma symptoms. Common foods that children are allergic to include eggs, wheat, cow milk, soy bean products, tree nuts and peanuts. In toddlers asthma can be triggered by mold, animal dander and dust mites. In older children pollen is most likely the trigger.


Drexel University researchers examined health records from Denmark's system of national databases to find information on 5,200 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. They then compared the records to 52,000 children of the same age without autism. The results showed under four percent of children with autism had prenatal exposure to asthma medications; beta-agonist such as albuterol. These findings suggest an association between prenatal exposures to drugs used to treat asthma and increased risk of autism in children but the risk is very modest. (Pediatrics Jan 2016, peds.2015-1316; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-1316)

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

Respiratory syncytial virus is linked to the development of asthma in several studies. RSV is the main cause of infant pneumonia. Studies have linked RSV to the development of asthma .Studies have also implied that infants with reduced lung function within a few days after birth have an increased risk of developing asthma by age ten.

Childhood Asthma

Childhood asthma is different than asthma in adults. Childhood asthma can have troublesome symptoms that interfere with play time, school, sleep and sports. Unmanaged childhood asthma can result in dangerous asthma attacks. Asthma is the leading chronic illness in children and adolescents and is the leading cause of children missing school.

If you suspect your child has asthma make an appointment with the doctor.
Signs of asthma include;
Coughing that's constant, intermittent or seems to be linked to physical activity
Wheezing or whistling sounds when your child exhales
Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
Complaints of chest tightness
Repeated episodes of suspected bronchitis or pneumonia
If your child receives a diagnosis of asthma a treatment plan can help you and any caregivers monitor symptoms and know what to do if your child has an asthma attack.


University of Virginia Health System. (2007, April 13). Children With Asthma Often Suffer Developmental And Behavioral Problems. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 25, 2017 from
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
University of Maryland Medical Center
Mayo Clinic


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