Asthma is a common condition impacting around one in 10 children. While some children will find that their asthma goes away in later years, others are forced to deal with this chronic condition throughout their lives. For many kids, their asthma symptoms get worse at night – this is known as nocturnal asthma. But why do children suffer worse symptoms at night, and how can Atlanta families get a good night’s rest from the issue?
Why Is Asthma Worse at Night?
Suffering from chronic asthma at night can lead to disturbed sleep. This could have negative consequences for long-term health and lead to a lack of concentration at school. Parents and other family members also deal with the fallout from disrupted sleep patterns and constant worry. While there is no single cause of nocturnal asthma, the following reasons usually play a crucial part.
Reclined Sleeping Position
A reclined sleeping position may inhibit breathing, particularly if you have sinus issues. Post-nasal drip causes mucus to drip down the throat, usually leading to a persistent cough and even a sore throat. Adding additional pillows can elevate the sleeping position, and may make sleeping more comfortable for your child.
One of the signs your child may have asthma is coughing and wheezing. And these symptoms are often brought on by allergy triggers. Identifying these triggers can be a true key to keeping asthma under control, providing a better night’s sleep for the whole family. If animal dander is the issue, keep pets out of the bedroom. Hay fever sufferers should try to keep windows closed during high pollen season. Also, keep your air conditioning unit clean to prevent dust spreading through the house.
Nighttime Breathing Issues
Breathing becomes more difficult during sleep. In fact, even the healthiest people can suffer from narrowed airways that inhibit airflow. For a child with asthma, this reduced airflow can lead to breathing difficulties and coughing. The problem results from reduced levels of epinephrine and increased levels of histamine. The hormone histamine tightens airways, while epinephrine opens the airways. Know that at night the imbalance can be severe for asthmatics.
What Are the Common Asthma Symptoms in Children?
If your child is experiencing asthma symptoms but has not received a diagnosis, make an appointment with an expert. An effective treatment plan will reduce the risks of severe asthma attacks and improve your child’s sleep. Diagnosed children may require another checkup to adequately treat their nocturnal asthma. Look out for the following symptoms at night.
- Chest tightness
- Breathing difficulties
- Frequent waking
- Obstructed breathing
Get Effective Asthma Treatment Today
If your child is experiencing asthma symptoms, don’t delay in getting them the help they need. Dr. Chacko can assist with asthma, allergies and sinus issues. Make an appointment at one of our Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth or Johns Creek by calling 678-668-4688, or contact us online.