Allergy of bronchial passages causes asthma, which results in difficult breathings as well as wheezing. The child may feel difficulty in breathing usually in the early hours of the morning. The child starts coughing by sitting in bed instead of lying down. This may be mild and infrequent or severe.
The sight of a child having an asthmatic attack is extremely frightening, but it is, seldom as serious, as it looks. You have to be calm and reassure the child. He is most comfortable when propped up against pillows. He should be given plenty of fluid to drink; otherwise, the mouth and the lung passages become very dry and further increase the wheezing.
There is no wonder cure for asthma and should be guided by the doctor’s advice. Reassure your child and encourage him to lead a normal life except, perhaps, to take part in games. Parents should not become over-protective. Asthmatic attacks get less severe as the child grows. Sometimes they stop suddenly, for no obvious reason, or in a different climate and environment. The medicines to control have to be given as often and as long as they are needed. The most important thing is to control the wheeze.