The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions state that asthma affects roughly 6 million kids in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, untreated and poorly managed asthma in young children can lead to trouble breathing, emergency room visits, and even death in extreme cases. Read on to learn how the children's doctors at Orchard Pediatrics, PC, in West Bloomfield, MI, offer asthma management programs to keep your child in the best health possible.
Asthma Symptoms in Young Children
In most cases, a child with asthma will exhibit symptoms before the age of five. However, in younger children, it might be difficult for parents to determine when their symptoms are due to asthma. Commonly, childhood asthma symptoms range from a lingering cough to frightening and sudden breathing emergencies. With this in mind, you should watch out for the following warning signs that may indicate childhood asthma:
- Persistent coughing, particularly during nighttime
- A whistling or wheezing noise, particularly when your child breathes out
- Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
- Frequent colds settling in the chest
Diagnosing Asthma in Young Children
During an appointment with one of the asthma specialists here at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, your child will undergo an exam that tests the airflow that’s coming in and out of their lungs. Your child may also need to undergo blood and skin testing to check for any allergies which could be triggering their symptoms.
Treating and Managing Asthma in Young Children
The treatment plan of your child will greatly depend on the frequency and severity of symptoms. In general, however, doctors usually prescribe two kinds of asthma medications, a quick-relief medication, and a long-term control medication. A quick-relief medication, usually in the form of an inhaler, treats the condition’s noisy symptoms, including wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. It’s also used to stop an asthma attack, so it's important your child always carry this medication with them. The long-term control medication is used by some children for treating inflammation in the airways. It’s taken every day to prevent recurring asthma attacks and symptoms.
Your Child Doesn’t Have to Struggle with Asthma.
Take charge of this life-threatening condition today and book a consultation with one of our pediatricians here at Orchard Pediatrics, PC, in West Bloomfield, MI. Dial (248) 855-7510 to schedule an appointment.
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Despite millions of children being diagnosed with ADHD in the US, there are still a lot of misconceptions and inaccuracies regarding this childhood disorder. Whether one of our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians has already diagnosed your child with ADHD or you suspect that your child may have it, here are some things that every parent should know about this condition.
There are three classic ADHD symptoms
The main symptoms of ADHD are impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness. Children with ADHD do not need to display all three symptoms in order to be diagnosed with this condition. In fact, some children may only display one of these symptoms while other children may display all three. Just like other health problems, symptoms of ADHD will vary from child to child.
There are different types of ADHD
Just as there are three classic symptoms of ADHD there are also three main types:
- Predominantly inattentive: Children with this type of ADHD have a lot of difficulty concentrating, staying focused, and following instructions. They may also become disruptive in class.
- Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive: Just as the name suggests, children with this type of ADHD are both hyperactive and impulsive, meaning that they have trouble sitting still or waiting their turn; they are often disruptive in class and may have lots of excess energy. Children with this type of ADHD may also squirm and fidget a lot.
- Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive: This is the most common type of ADHD and children with this type will display all three main symptoms. These children and teens will be disruptive, may be forgetful, have trouble concentrating and staying focused, may leave tasks incomplete, may make careless mistakes, and may exhibit above-average energy levels.
ADHD is a brain disorder
Studies have shown that people with ADHD have brains that are structurally different from those who do not. Therefore, it’s important to understand that your child can’t just get rid of their symptoms by trying harder and focusing more on schoolwork. ADHD also has a genetic component; therefore, parents who have ADHD are also more likely to have children with this disorder.
Your pediatrician can diagnose ADHD
Many of the symptoms of ADHD are also the result of other problems such as behavioral disorders, trauma, or anxiety. This is why it’s best to turn to our West Bloomfield, MI, children’s doctor for a definitive diagnosis. There are several factors that will need to be present in order to make a proper diagnosis, including:
- How long your child has been displaying symptoms
- The type of symptoms they are experiencing
- Whether these symptoms are impacting more than one environment (e.g. school; home; social interactions)
Concerned? Give us a call
Is your child displaying symptoms of ADHD? If so, call Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, today at (248) 855-7510 to let us know your concerns, and to schedule an evaluation for your child or teen.
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