The severity of a child’s asthma symptoms will fall into one of four main categories of asthma, each with different characteristics and requiring different treatment approaches:
- Mild intermittent asthma
A child who has brief episodes of wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath no more than twice a week is said to have mild intermittent asthma. Symptoms between flare-ups are rare, with one or two instances per month of mild symptoms at night.
- Mild persistent asthma
Kids with episodes of wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath more than twice a week but less than once a day are said to have mild persistent asthma. Symptoms usually happen at least twice a month at night and flare-ups may affect normal physical activity.
- Moderate persistent asthma
Kids with moderate persistent asthma have daily symptoms and need daily medicine. Nighttime symptoms happen more than once a week. Flare-ups occur more than twice a week, last for several days, and usually affect normal physical activity.
- Severe persistent asthma
Kids with severe persistent asthma have symptoms continuously. They tend to have frequent flare-ups that may require emergency treatment and even hospitalization. Many kids with severe persistent asthma have symptoms at night and can handle only limited physical activity.
Asthma severity can both worsen and improve over time, placing a child in a new asthma category that needs different treatment.
This Article is Originated from : kidshealth.org