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Worried that your child might have asthma? We can provide the treatment your child needs.
It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of asthma in your child, as untreated asthma can lead to some serious and potentially life-threatening attacks. Here at Orchard Pediatrics, our pediatricians have provided medications and custom asthma treatment plans to kids and teens throughout the West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI, areas. Watch out for the following signs of childhood asthma:
- A chronic cough that may get worse after exercise or in the evening
- A whistling or wheezing sound in their chest when exhaling
- Rapid or shallow breathing, particularly during physical activity
- Easily fatigued or exhausted
- Difficulty sleeping due to breathing issues
- Trouble catching a full breath
- Older children may complain that their chest feels tight or “funny”
If your child is showing any of these symptoms of asthma, it’s important that you bring them to our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians right away for an evaluation. We will listen to your child’s lungs and perform a few diagnostic tests that measure airflow when your child inhales and exhales. We can make a proper asthma diagnosis through your child’s symptomology, physical examination, and diagnostic test results.
What can cause a flare-up?
It’s also important to be able to recognize what causes your child’s asthma to flare up or get worse. Every child’s triggers will vary. Some of the most common ones include:
- Indoor and outdoor allergens such as pollen and pet dander
- Cigarette smoke and other environmental irritants
- Cold air
- Intense emotions
- Cold and flu
It’s important to recognize when your child’s symptoms seem to flare up including:
- During emotional states
- When outside
- During the day, afternoon, or evening
- On cold days or during winter months
- After exercise
How is asthma treated?
While there is no cure for asthma, our pediatricians in West Bloomfield, MI, can provide your child with a custom treatment plan. Medication is key to reducing airway inflammation to reduce your child’s risk for an attack, as well as easing attacks when the first symptoms appear.
Whether you want to discuss asthma treatment options with our West Bloomfield, MI, pediatricians or you’re concerned that your child is displaying symptoms of asthma, we can help you through the whole process. We provide diagnoses and treatments for children living in and around West Bloomfield, Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills, MI. To schedule an appointment with the team at Orchard Pediatrics, call (248) 855-7510.
Children will undoubtedly get sick from time to time, but they shouldn’t have to face a serious disease. Many highly effective vaccines exist for helping your child build immunity to some of the most serious and deadly diseases, including polio, the measles, and both Hepatitis A and B. The highly trained and skilled providers at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield follow the immunizations schedules developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We can help you keep up with your child’s immunizations.
Importance of Immunization
Immunization is extremely important for the health of your child. The vaccines that provide immunization protect your child and others from harmful diseases. As children build up immunity, their bodies will be resistant to any diseases they have been vaccinated against.
In addition to protecting your own child, immunization also protects other children who cannot be vaccinated. For example, children with certain health conditions or who are undergoing chemotherapy have a weak immune system are unable to be vaccinated. However, these children are still protected when everyone around them has immunity to certain diseases. Immunity prevents others from being carriers of a disease and passing it on to unvaccinated children with weak immune systems.
Immunization is also beneficial because it has the potential to eradicate a deadly disease and protect future generations, such as your children’s children. This can be observed in the case of smallpox, which was once a deadly disease. Years of vaccination led to widespread immunity from the disease so that it was eventually wiped out, which means current and future generations are protected from contracting it. Eradication of other diseases could potentially occur with continued vaccination.
The AAP has developed several immunization schedules that specify when certain vaccines should be administered to children. Some vaccinations require multiple doses, which are indicated on the AAP schedules. The majority of vaccinations can be completed from birth through the time a child starts school, with a few follow up doses needed around the start of adolescence.
The AAP has developed an immunization schedule for birth to six years of age, as well as one for youth between the ages of seven and 18 years. A third catch-up schedule is also available for children who start the vaccination schedule late or who have fallen more than one month behind schedule. The experienced providers at our pediatric practice in West Bloomfield can help you keep up with immunizations for your child.
Keeping up with your child’s immunization schedules is the best way to protect them from a variety of harmful diseases. Schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable doctors to discuss your child’s immunizations by calling Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield at (248) 855-7510.
From sleeping and feeding schedules to check-ups and immunizations, newborn babies have very specific health care needs, especially in their first couple of weeks of life. Fortunately, the pediatricians here at Orchard Pediatrics, PC, in West Bloomfield, MI, can help you navigate all of your newborn baby's needs from day one.
More about Newborn Child Care
Caring for your newborn can feel stressful and overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. However, there are a number of resources available to help you navigate the journey. Here are some of the most common health issues and conditions that typically affect newborn babies:
- Diaper rash
- Skin conditions
- Ear infections
Every newborn is different and will have different health and childcare needs. However, newborn child care is also about more than taking your baby to the pediatrician when they get sick. Wellcare visits and checkups are essential for monitoring your baby's growth and development, especially in the first few years.
In general, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents take newborns for a check-up within the first 3 to 5 days, followed by monthly visits for the first two months, then every two months from 4 to 6 months, followed by every three months until 18 months, and then again at 24 months.
The pediatrician will weigh the baby at every appointment as well as take measurements, check their hearing, and perform a physical exam and perform any necessary screenings and blood test. Your child's development and any behavioral issues or concerns are also addressed. Immunizations are administered according to the schedule and guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Find a Pediatrician in West Bloomfield, MI
For more inform about newborn child care and other pediatric services, contact Orchard Pediatrics, PC in West Bloomfield, MI, by calling (248) 855-7510 to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians today!
A 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.
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
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:
- 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.
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!