An asthma attack can be a terrifying experience for both the child experiencing it as well as the parents watching it happen. If you suspect that your child has asthma, please contact Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI. Our five pediatricians will help you and your child manage symptoms so that you can all breathe a bit easier!
What is asthma?
It is a chronic pulmonary condition affecting more than nine percent of American children, according to reports from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). However, it impacts almost as many adults, including seniors. Whatever the age, the coughing, wheezing, fatigue, and shortness of breath that characterize asthma all require rapid relief and long-term control.
Asthma involves inflammation of the bronchial tree, which takes air through the trachea down into the lungs. Oxygen passes into the bloodstream through highly vascularized air sacs called alveoli, but when this passageway is inflamed, this air exchange is impaired, which can impede everyday function and even life itself!
What are common asthma triggers?
Night time coughing and wheezing typically characterize childhood asthma. These symptoms may be caused or triggered by a variety of environmental factors or health conditions such as:
- A cold, flu, or pneumonia
- Cold outdoor air temperature
- Tobacco or wood smoke
- Car exhaust
- Paint fumes
- Allergens such as dust, mold, pollen, or animal dander
- Stress, excitement, and laughter (according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)
How is asthma diagnosed?
Your pediatrician at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield will do a complete physical examination of your child, noting any symptoms and listening to breathing patterns. The doctor will then note possible triggers and may order allergy testing and lab work.
How is childhood asthma treated?
As needed, the pediatrician prescribes fast-acting bronchodilators for sudden attacks. These are often called rescue medications. Also, long-term medications, such as inhaled corticosteroids, are a common choice.
Additionally, you and the doctor will formulate an asthma care plan suited to your child's condition, age, and activity level. Keeping a diary of symptoms is often encouraged, as is measuring peak flow, or the amount of air the patient can expel in one breath. Declining peak flow readings indicates reduced lung function and the possible onset of an asthma episode.
Call Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield at (248) 855-7510 with any questions or concerns that you have about your child's asthma!
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Know the warning signs and symptoms that might indicate that your child has ADHD.
Does your child have trouble sitting still, often space out, or have trouble staying on task? If so, then your little one may be dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read on to learn more about the topic, and call one of our offices in West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, or Farmington Hills, MI if you are concerned that your child might need treatment.
What is ADHD and what are its symptoms?
This neurodevelopmental disorder often greatly impacts a child’s personal and academic life. Of course, symptoms vary from child to child so it isn’t always easy to tell if your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD or not. Here are the classic signs that your child may be dealing with ADHD:
- Interrupting: Children with ADHD have trouble waiting their turn, interrupt others while talking, and have trouble playing games. They may also be more likely to blurt out the answers in class rather than waiting for the teacher to call on them.
- Emotional issues: Children with ADHD may also have difficulty regulating their emotions. They may be prone to outbursts, tantrums, and anger, usually during unusual or inappropriate moments. This is particularly true of younger children.
- Fidgeting: Does your child have trouble sitting still? Do they squirm at their desks or have to get up and move around all the time? This symptom can also make it challenging for children to play with others or play calmly.
- Loss of interest: Does your child move on to other tasks before completing the first one? Do they seem to jump from one thing to another without finishing anything? While children with ADHD may show a great deal of interest in many different things they have trouble focusing on just one thing such as homework or chores.
- Difficulty paying attention: A child with ADHD has a lot of trouble paying attention and staying focused, even if someone is talking directly to them. If your child seems like they aren’t listening to you or doesn’t remember what you just told them, then they could have ADHD.
- Mistakes: Children with ADHD have a lot of trouble concentrating, which also means that they have trouble following directions. This can lead to careless mistakes that may be misconstrued as not caring or laziness.
While children will display many of these behaviors at some point, it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation at one of our offices in West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, or Farmington Hills if your child is regularly displaying these signs of ADHD and it’s interfering with academic performance, home life, or relationships.
If you suspect that your child might be dealing with ADHD, it’s time to call Orchard Pediatrics today at (248) 855-7510 to schedule a consultation. We are proud to offer comprehensive pediatric medical care in West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI.
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