Asthma is a chronic condition that makes it hard for your child to breathe. Their lungs become inflamed and narrow, constricting their airway. The swelling of their airways may produce mucus, making it difficult for your child to breathe normally.
Asthma is often a hereditary condition, meaning your child is at greater risk of developing asthma if there’s a history of it in the family. Asthma sometimes can be a minor issue, but it can negatively affect your child’s life. There’s no cure for the condition, but symptoms are manageable with treatment.
The most common asthma symptoms include:
You may notice your child experiencing the above symptoms when they’re as young as 3-5 years old. It may start out less noticeable, such as an occasional cough, but can develop into a chronic cough and then become wheezing. Your child may also experience pneumonia or bronchiolitis regularly.
Asthma attacks vary. The attacks may be frequent or rare, but several triggers can cause them, including:
Sometimes, a change in weather can cause an asthma flare-up.
Dr. Sadrieh and Dr. Hussain take your child’s medical history and symptoms into consideration. It’s crucial that you describe the symptoms as thoroughly as possible, including how often your child mentions them or if they’re prone to pneumonia and bronchiolitis.
Dr. Sadrieh and Dr. Hussain may recommend an X-ray of your child’s lungs and a test to check how they function, called spirometry. Spirometry measures how much air is in the lungs and how fast your child exhales it.
The first step is identifying your child’s asthma triggers. This way you can avoid them as much as possible to prevent unexpected attacks. Dr. Sadrieh and Dr. Hussain outline the warning signs and guidance for what to do when an asthma attack begins.
They may also recommend oral or inhaled medications to decrease severe symptoms. These medications can prevent symptoms from affecting your child’s daily life and fun activities such as sports.
Stop the asthma attacks before they negatively impact your child’s life. Book your appointment with Advanced Pediatrics Medical Group online or call the clinic today to begin your child’s asthma treatment.
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