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ERIC Number: EJ848630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Understanding Children with Asthma: Trouble and Triggers
Lim, JungHa; Wood, Beatrice L.; Cheah, PoAnn
Childhood Education, v85 n5 p307 2009
Asthma is one of the most common illnesses of childhood; in the United States, nearly 9% of children have the condition (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2006). Among children with chronic illnesses, asthma is the most common cause for school absence and hospitalization (Akinbami, 2006). Asthma is a chronic disorder of the airways that results from a complex interaction among genetic factors, environmental factors, and psychological stress. Symptoms of asthma are reversible, but can be life-threatening if not adequately and promptly treated. Thus, education on the characteristics of asthma, along with the implications of the disease for the child, caregivers, teachers, and friends, is essential to prevent problems with asthma in the school setting, and to improve the child's quality of life at school. In this article, the authors explore how to recognize signs of pending asthma attacks in children and explain how asthma is triggered, describe the effect of emotions on asthma disease activity and triggering of asthma attacks, and delineate how best to manage asthma in the context of the school. They also provide guidance for teachers in recognizing variables that trigger potential life-threatening asthma episodes. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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