Some parents report that their kids have “outgrown” their asthma and it has never come back, even as an adult. But is that really what happens? Sometimes. The real answer is a bit more complicated. It’s possible to outgrow asthma but it’s also possible it was only in remission or that it wasn’t asthma at all and a different condition altogether.
Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are all symptoms of asthma but they can also be caused by other conditions like chronic bronchitis and recurrent pneumonia. It’s hard to accurately diagnose conditions like these because of the overlapping symptoms. If your child was diagnosed with asthma but it was really a different condition, then it may appear that they’ve outgrown it.
It’s possible to outgrow asthma but there is evidence to suggest that children with certain respiratory triggers are less likely to. For example, those with allergies to animal dander or have asthma symptoms that worsen during Spring and Fall allergy season are less likely to see their asthma go into remission as they get older.
Diagnosing Asthma in Children
Pulmonary function and allergy testing can help determine the cause of respiratory symptoms, whether asthma or another illness. A spirometer is a standard diagnostic tool but may not be effective for younger patients, especially toddlers.
The earlier your child is properly diagnosed with asthma or another respiratory illness, the better. It can keep symptoms from getting worse as they age because there’s no way to know who may outgrow asthma and who won’t. Many medications are quite effective at controlling symptoms so kids can enjoy active play.
Asthma as an Adult
The truth is that most children with accurately diagnosed asthma won’t grow out of it completely. If it does go into remission for a short time, there is always a high probability that it will return once they are older. Those who experience asthma or other chronic respiratory symptoms as children are also more susceptible to respiratory conditions and illnesses as adults.
If your child is coughing, wheezing, and is short of breath, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. Pediatric Healthcare has two convenient locations in Houston and Conroe. Give either office a call today to schedule your appointment or claim your date and time right here from our website.