Tips for Managing Pediatric Asthma

Tips for Managing Pediatric Asthma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 6,000,000 children suffer from pediatric asthma, and more than half of those children experience at least one asthmatic attack each year. At Children’s Medical Clinics in Kaufman, TX, Dr. Turner Lewis provides pediatric asthma care for families. Many of the parents who bring their children to Children’s Medical Clinic want to know how they can best manage their child’s condition. We are proud to serve these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

Identify and Reduce Triggers

Asthmatic attacks are most often triggered by something in your child’s environment. 70-80% of childhood asthma has at least one allergy trigger. Children's Medical Clinics can provide allergy testing which allows Dr. Lewis to customize an asthma treatment plan to your child's specific triggers.  Additional triggers include cigarette smoke, pollution, strong odors, weather changes and viruses. We recommend that you observe the environment carefully when your child has an attack. Once you feel confident about the triggering source, take steps to reduce your child’s exposure. If the asthmatic attacks are triggered by outdoor allergens, let us know. Dr. Lewis may recommend medications to help control your child’s allergic reaction.

Attend Your Doctor’s Appointments

Dr. Lewis schedules regular routine examinations for children living with asthma. The condition is very dynamic in nature, and your child may develop new or worsening symptoms in between these appointments. If you notice changes in your child’s asthma, call us to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Lewis.

Keep Your Child Active

Weight plays an important role for children who have asthma. Having even just a few extra pounds will put more pressure on your child’s respiratory system, and this may worsen the frequency and severity of asthmatic attacks. Make sure that your child stays active and is at a healthy weight. Dr. Lewis will let you know your child’s ideal weight.

Monitor Your Child’s Diet

Acid reflux has been tied to asthmatic attacks in children. When stomach acid escapes the stomach and travels up the esophagus, it may disrupt breathing or startle your child. This can trigger an asthma attack. Dr. Lewis can recommend dietary changes for your child. If these changes don’t help, he may recommend medication to alleviate the acid reflux.

If you are looking for pediatric asthma care call Children’s Medical Clinics today at (972) 932-1319 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lewis. Our practice also serves these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

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