Be able to recognize the warning signs of asthma in your child.
When it comes to detecting asthma, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms in your little one so that you can seek appropriate medical attention. Our Kaufman pediatrician, Dr. Turner Lewis, III has diagnosed and treated countless children and teens dealing with this chronic lung disorder. Here’s what you should know about childhood asthma:
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes tightening, inflammation, and spasms of the bronchial tubes, all of which can cause many symptoms, interfere with your child exercising or may increase their chances for chest infections.
What are the signs and symptoms of asthma?
Common warning signs of asthma include,
- Chronic coughing (that may simply sound as if they are clearing their throat constantly)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing out
- Rapid breathing
What can trigger my child’s asthma?
There are many things that can impact your child’s breathing. It’s important to pinpoint these triggers as soon as possible so that you can avoid them. Common asthma triggers include:
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Air pollution
- Cold air
- Cold or flu
- Fragrances, perfumes, and certain cleaning products
When should I call my child’s doctor?
If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms above, then it’s time to visit Dr. Turner Lewis, III for a proper evaluation. You won’t be able to definitively tell whether or not your child has asthma or whether another respiratory condition or illness may be to blame for their symptoms; however, we have the proper tools to be able to check your child’s breathing and lung health to determine whether or not they have asthma.
How is asthma treated?
In order to effectively manage your child’s asthma and to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks, Dr. Turner Lewis, III, will first identify their triggers by allergy testing. 80-90% of all children with asthma have at least one allergy trigger. After their triggers have been identified, Dr. Turner Lewis, III, will test their lung function and depending on the frequency of their symptoms and he will prescribe a short-acting medication to alleviate symptoms and most likely a long-term medication to control inflammation of the airways and mucus buildup.
Concerned? Give us a call
Whether you think your child might have asthma or you just need to schedule their next wellness visit, Children's Medical Clinics provides the most comprehensive pediatric care you’re looking for in Kaufman, TX and surrounding counties. Schedule your child’s next appointment by dialing (972) 932-1319.