Asthma

Updated 16 September 2014

Children and asthma: the numbers

Roughly 80% of all childhood asthma occurs before the ages of five years. Diagnosing asthma in infants and toddlers can be difficult.

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Roughly 80% of all childhood asthma occurs before the age of five years. It's more common in boys and is seen predominantly in children who are allergic or come from allergic families.

Approximately 50% of childhood asthma, particularly if it's mild, goes into remission during the teenage years but don't be fooled into thinking this means you've "grown out" of asthma. As many as 30% of these children go on to develop asthma during adulthood.

 

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