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Childhood asthma - An overview

CPD Hours



Community and primary health care
Neonates and paediatrics
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Asthma is a chronic airway disease that affects millions of children worldwide.

Asthma is characterised by recurrent symptoms. These arise as a result of inflammation and airway resistance.

Wheezing. Coughing. Chest tightness. Shortness of breath.

Asthma is associated with significant childhood morbidity causing fatigue, reduced activity levels, impaired development, and poor social interaction.

The following is a two-part module on Childhood Asthma.

The first module (this module) discusses the burden of asthma in children.
It goes on to provide an overview of the guidelines for diagnosis and challenges associated with accurate diagnosis in children.
A brief overview of the physiology of the lung, airflow limitation, and lung function testing is also provided.

The second module of the series will focus on the management of asthma in children.
This includes identifying and managing episode triggers, pharmacological treatment options, and asthma action plans.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand what asthma is
  • Discuss the epidemiology of asthma in children
  • Identify risk factors for asthma
  • Understand the diagnostic criteria for asthma
  • Understand what is meant by variable airflow limitation, spirometry, and lung function testing

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