Overweight Children & Asthma

Obese Children Have More Asthma Attacks !
Reuters recently reported a study published online in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showing that heavier children with asthma tended to need more prescriptions for rescue inhalers as well as daily inhalers compared to non-obese children. The researchers speculated that obese children may feel more heaviness in their lungs, leading to the need for more reliever medication. or perhaps they do not respond as well to inhaled steroids as wells as others. It can be embarassing for a parent to be told that their child is overweight/obese. However, weight management must be a key component of a holistic asthma management plan in this situation.

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