Understand more about childhood asthma, its warning signs and treatment options.
Asthma is the leading chronic disorder in children, affecting about 6 million children under the age of 18. If you notice that your child has been having trouble catching their breath then you may be wondering whether or not they might have asthma. Let our Overland Park, KS, pediatricians answer all of your questions about childhood asthma,
What are the signs and symptoms of asthma in children?
The most common warning signs of childhood asthma include:
- A persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Struggling to catch their breath
- Wheezing when breathing
- Coughing spells that are often worse at night or after exercise
- Tightness in the chest
- Feeling easily tired or weak
What can trigger an asthma attack?
There are many things that can trigger an attack such as:
- Respiratory infections
- Cigarette smoke
- Pet dander
- Certain chemical and irritants
- Changes in weather
It’s important to continuously monitor when your child’s symptoms appear to figure out what might be triggering their asthma.
When should I bring my child in for an evaluation?
If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms above it’s best to play it safe and to see your child’s doctor right away. Early treatment is key to getting your child’s symptoms under control and to reduce the chances of serious asthma attacks and possible hospitalizations.
How is asthma treated?
Asthma can be controlled with the help of prescription medication. Our Overland Park, KS, children’s doctor will determine the right medication based on the frequency, type and severity of your child’s symptoms. Also, what trigger their symptoms may also determine the appropriate medication.
In most cases your child will be prescribed a long-acting inhaler that often contains a corticosteroid. A fast-acting inhaler will also be prescribed. The long-acting medication is used everyday to help control symptoms while a fast-acting inhaler is only used when symptoms flare-up to help prevent an attack. There are also certain lifestyle adjustments you can make to reduce certain allergens in the home that could trigger an attack.
Will my child’s asthma go away?
While most children who are diagnosed with asthma will not grow out of it, it is possible that symptoms and flare-ups will decrease over time. Making sure your child is using their asthma medication properly is the best way to safeguard them from flare-ups and to reduce symptoms.
Do you suspect that your child may have asthma? If so, call Johnson County Pediatrics in Overland Park, KS, today for an immediate appointment.