Kid Got Asthma? He’ll Probably Outgrow It

August 12, 2013  |  

Asthma’s tough for families. There’s nothing kids want to do more than run and play, but asthma attacks can leave a parent almost as nervous and short of breath as their children. According to the New York Times, it won’t always be like this; more than 20 percent of people who had asthma as kids no longer struggle with wheezing by the time they were 19 years old.

The study followed 248 children in Sweden who had asthma when they were 7 or 8 and tracked their health through their young adult years. Twenty-one percent were asthma-free, though teen girls were more likely to retain symptoms. Researchers aren’t sure how to explain the gender difference but say it might have to do with the hormones present during adolescence. Unfortunately, kids who had severe asthma or whose symptoms were triggered by things like pet hair were less likely to see their symptoms become reduced or go away. Still, many became asthma-free later in life.

That’s great news for parents but doctors caution that you shouldn’t be too overly optimistic. Because asthma can flare up again, it’s said to go into remission rather than be cured.

How do you deal with your child’s asthma?

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