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By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
June 13, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: asthma  

When your child suffers from asthma, as a parent, you probably want to learn anything and everything you can do to help. This article will provide education on the best ways to manage your child's symptoms, both from a medical standpoint and at home. Dr. C. Turner Lewis and his team of providers from Children's Medical Clinics are experienced in treating asthma in Kaufman, TX.

What causes asthma?

Asthma is generally a lifelong condition. But the longevity of it should not scare you, because when managed properly, it will cause little disruption to your child's life and they should be able to participate in any activity. While the exact cause of the development of asthma is not known, there are known risk factors. These are:

  • Genetics: If you have asthma, your child will most likely develop asthma at some point 
  • Allergies: Having allergies increases the chances of developing asthma. Certain allergic conditions and asthma are linked.
  • Environmental factors: Exposure to certain irritants in the air can cause one to develop asthma. Especially when an infant or child is exposed to certain irritants or allergens when their immune system has yet to fully mature.
  • Respiratory infections: Infections in a young person's airways can cause long-lasting damage to their still-developing lungs.

What are the treatments for asthma in my child?

The treatment strategy recommended will be unique to your child's type and severity of asthma in Kaufman, TX. We offer fast-acting treatments for acute asthma attacks as well as longer-acting medications that can control and prevent the disease from exacerbating. These include:

  • Fast-acting treatments: These treatments include using an inhaler or nebulizer that utilizes a variety of different medications, chosen to specifically combat your child's unique asthma symptoms. These medications are categorized as short-acting beta-agonists and are sometimes referred to as "rescue medications."
  • Asthma-controlling medication: These medications are given for persistent asthma and are considered long-term treatment options. These medications are taken every day to minimize asthmatic symptoms. They are:
    • Inhaled steroids - combination inhaler which consists of a steroid plus a beta-agonist
    • Theophylline - This timed-release pill keeps the airway open for an extended time
    • Leukotriene modifiers - (usually administered in chewable tablet form)
    • Biological therapies - for the control of asthma that is used when inhaler therapy and other medications have not worked.

What steps can I take at home to help my child?

Learning things you can do at home is crucial for your child to help minimize their symptoms.

  • Keep a clean home and minimize dust, particularly in your child's bedroom.
  • Keep the windows closed when the air quality is poor.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Bathe pets weekly and don't allow them in the bedroom
  • Avoid burning wood such as in a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Contact us

Dr. Lewis at Children's Medical Clinics will make your child feel safe, secure, and healthy. Get treatment for your child's asthma in Kaufman, TX by calling (972) 932-1319.

By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas
January 18, 2022
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: asthma  

Here are some helpful tips to help your child get asthma under control.

Whether your child has just been diagnosed with asthma or whether you suspect that they could have it, nothing is more important than turning to our Kaufman, TX, pediatrician Dr. Turner Lewis not only for a proper diagnosis but also a treatment plan that can help your child manage their symptoms. While symptoms can fluctuate and change as a child gets older, it’s important to know how to help your child manage their symptoms. We also serve these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

Know Their Triggers

It’s tough to prevent asthma flare-ups when you’re not sure what keeps triggering your child’s symptoms. That’s one reason to turn to our Kaufman, TX, pediatrician Dr. Lewis. We can provide you and your child with answers regarding what’s triggering their asthma. It could be exercise, stress, environmental pollutants, or seasonal allergies. The goal is to figure out what triggers their symptoms so you can help your child avoid exposure whenever possible.

Keep Up with Regular Doctor’s Visits

When your child comes into our Kaufman, TX, practice, our pediatrician Dr. Lewis will map out a treatment plan to help your child get their asthma under control. This not only involves making certain lifestyle changes but also providing prescription medication to reduce airway inflammation.

As you might imagine, our team will want to check up on your child about 1-2 months after their initial appointment to make sure that their treatment plan is helping manage their symptoms. Your child will most likely come into the office every three months to make sure that the treatment plan is effective.

Have a Clear-Cut Asthma Action Plan

Another thing you will receive from our team is a detailed action plan for how to handle everything from your child’s asthma symptoms to what to do in case of an emergency. This is something that you should keep handy. You may also want to provide a copy of your child’s asthma treatment plan to the school nurse so they also know how to help your child should a problem arise.

Make Sure They are Taking Their Medication Properly

Most likely, your child will be prescribed both a daily controlled medication to help manage airway inflammation and reduce the possibility for an attack, as well as a rescue inhaler (which should only be used at the first signs of an asthma attack). It’s important that you follow all medications’ instructions. If you have questions about any of the medications your child is taking, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

When asthma flares up or your child has trouble breathing, we know that getting immediate care is the most important. That’s why we offer nightly and weekend urgent care hours seven days a week at our Kaufman, TX, practice. If your child is dealing with a serious asthma attack or other asthmatic issues, call us at (972) 932-1319 or turn to Children’s Medical Clinics immediately. Our practice also serves these counties: Dallas, Ellis, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rains, Rockwall, Wood, and Van Zandt.

By Children's Medical Clinics of East Texas  
November 30, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: asthma   Asthma Attack  

How your pediatricians in Kaufman, Texas can help if your child has asthma

An asthma attack can be a frightening experience. When it’s hard to breathe, it’s easy to panic. The good news is, you can do a lot to prevent an asthma attack, and your doctor can help.

The pediatricians at Children’s Medical Clinics in Kaufman, Texas offer comprehensive pediatric medical care services, including effective treatments to manage asthma.

So, how do you know if your child has asthma? Your doctor can do some diagnostic testing to determine your child's level of lung function and other factors. A thorough medical examination and symptom history are also important ways to diagnose asthma. Asthma signs and symptoms often become worse with physical activity. Some common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Wheezing and coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness and discomfort

Asthma often goes hand-in-hand with allergies. Your doctor may recommend allergy testing to find out what your child is allergic to. One of the most effective ways to prevent an asthma attack is by minimizing your child's exposure to allergens.

Other ways to prevent an asthma attack include:

  • Keeping your pets off of furniture and your child's bedroom
  • Keeping your windows and doors closed during spring and summer allergy season
  • Taking long-term asthma medications
  • Keeping the asthma rescue inhaler handy, especially when your child is active
  • Avoiding exposure to cigarette smoke

Your doctor can recommend an effective treatment plan to keep your child's asthma under control and minimize the risk of an asthma attack. Current Allergy and asthma treatments include:

  • Allergy shots
  • Sublingual immunotherapy
  • Long-term asthma medications
  • Short-term rescue inhalers

An asthma attack is serious and can be life-threatening. Your child may be having an asthma attack if your child is suddenly gasping for air, or can’t speak because of breathing problems. You need to seek out emergency services immediately.

You don’t have to live in fear of your child having an asthma attack. You and your doctor can do a lot to help your child breathe better and prevent an asthma attack. To find out more about allergy and asthma treatment, call the pediatricians of Children’s Medical Clinics in Kaufman, Texas at (972) 932-1319. Call today!

By Children's Medical Clinics
July 16, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: asthma  

Childhood asthma is more common than you might think. In fact, it is the most common chronic disorder in children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition that causes swelling within the airways, making it different for your little one to breathe. How do you know if your child might have asthma? The telltale signs include:

  • Trouble or difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Coughing that often gets worse at night
  • Fatigue, especially with exercise or play

If your child is experiencing or complaining about any of these symptoms it’s important that you schedule an appointment with a pediatrician as soon as possible. It’s important to write down the exact symptoms your little one has been experiencing, particularly because their symptoms may not be present during their evaluation. If you have a family history of asthma, this is something that your child’s pediatrician will want to know.

During the evaluation your doctor will also perform a physical exam, taking time to listen to both the heart and the lungs for signs of asthma. Sometimes a test known as spirometry will be used to test the lung function (this is most common in children over the age of 6 years old). This test is used to measure how much air is in the lungs and how quickly your child can exhale. Other tests may also be performed to check for other health issues that could be exacerbating your child’s asthma symptoms such as a sinus infection.

Asthma is serious and requires medication to keep this problem under control. While there is no cure for asthma, your pediatrician’s goal for asthma treatment is to prevent the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. We want to prevent your little one from having to rush to the hospital for a severe attack. Luckily, there are medications that your children’s doctor can prescribe to lessen asthma symptoms.

The type of asthma medication your child receives will depend on several factors including age. Infants and toddlers may require inhaled steroids to control asthma symptoms. The dosage will also change depending on your child’s age. Along with long-term medications that will be taken every day to help control symptoms and keep inflammation down there are fasting-acting medications that your child will also be prescribed (e.g. albuterol), which is only used when your little one feels an attack coming on. Before any medication is given to your child, your pediatrician will talk to both you and your little one about how to use asthma medication properly.

By Children's Medical Clinics
November 15, 2017
Category: Child Health Care
Tags: asthma  

Child AsthmaA common condition seen in kids and teens, asthma is a lung condition that causes trouble breathing and shortness of breath. During an attack, the bronchial airways become inflamed and the muscles surrounding them constrict, making breathing difficult. Repeated attacks may cause permanent lung damage and in severe cases can be life-threatening. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 23 million Americans have the condition and more than one-quarter of them are children under the age of 18.

Asthma Causes

There are a variety of triggers that can lead to an asthma flare-up or make asthma worse. These vary for every person, but common triggers include:

  • Allergens, such as animal dander, pollens, mold and house dust mites
  • Environmental irritants, such as cigarettes, dry air, fragrances and air pollution
  • Infections, such as pneumonia, sinus infection and viral infections of the nose and throat
  • Exercise
  • Stress

Does my child have asthma?

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma is the most common chronic medical problem in children. Asthma symptoms will vary in frequency and severity, and most children with asthma develop their first symptoms before the age of five.  Common signs include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in chest

If you think your child may have asthma, contact your pediatrician. They can help you identify the early signs of childhood asthma and provide support for prevention and treatment.

A child may be at a greater risk for having asthma if there is a family history of asthma or if the child has eczema or frequent bouts of chronic lower respiratory problems occurring before the first birthday.  Keeping your kids away from cigarette smoke in the home or car, removing pets from the house, paying attention to pollen and air quality forecasts and monitoring exercise are all ways to reduce asthma problems.  

The good news is that the majority of asthma cases are only mild, and when the condition is properly managed with medications and extra caution, severe asthma flare-ups can be prevented.  Work with your child’s pediatrician to learn more about the condition and ensure your child leads a healthy, normal, active life.