ASTHMA IN CHILDREN – PREVENTING & MANAGING A POSSIBLE ATTACK: LIQUIDS AND MEDICINES

Liquids. It is important for the children to drink plenty of liquids specially warm liquids, even when they are normal. These liquids should be sipped slowly rather than being gulped down. Warm liquids work in two ways. One, the warm liquids relax the airways as they flow down the oesophagus. Two, during an attack, as the breathing becomes harder and faster, more water evaporates from the mucus blanket in the airways. The mucus thus tends to get thick, stringy and forms plugs as it starts to dry out. Warm liquids not only replace the moisture that is lost by evaporation, but also help in thinning the consistency of the mucus, and making it easier for the mucociliary escalator to move the mucus up and out. This in turn prevents blockage of airway by the mucus. Therefore, liquids play an important role in the management of asthma.
Medicines. If the doctor has prescribed a medicine to be given to the child in case of an attack, instructions should be followed and medicines given as prescribed. The decision is best made by observing whether the child shows any sign of an impending attack.
However, parents should remember that most attacks develop gradually, and if precautionary measures are taken early enough, a full-blown attack can be prevented.
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ASTHMA IN CHILDREN – PREVENTING & MANAGING A POSSIBLE ATTACK: LIQUIDS AND MEDICINESLiquids. It is important for the children to drink plenty of liquids specially warm liquids, even when they are normal. These liquids should be sipped slowly rather than being gulped down. Warm liquids work in two ways. One, the warm liquids relax the airways as they flow down the oesophagus. Two, during an attack, as the breathing becomes harder and faster, more water evaporates from the mucus blanket in the airways. The mucus thus tends to get thick, stringy and forms plugs as it starts to dry out. Warm liquids not only replace the moisture that is lost by evaporation, but also help in thinning the consistency of the mucus, and making it easier for the mucociliary escalator to move the mucus up and out. This in turn prevents blockage of airway by the mucus. Therefore, liquids play an important role in the management of asthma.Medicines. If the doctor has prescribed a medicine to be given to the child in case of an attack, instructions should be followed and medicines given as prescribed. The decision is best made by observing whether the child shows any sign of an impending attack.However, parents should remember that most attacks develop gradually, and if precautionary measures are taken early enough, a full-blown attack can be prevented.*98\260\8*

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