Your child struggles when they get a cold. Coughing, wheezing, extreme fatigue--they resolve, but you wonder if something else is happening. Could your child have asthma? The Asthma Initiative of Michigan maintains that one in ten children in the United States has this chronic respiratory condition. Please contact Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI for evaluation of your child's possible asthma symptoms.
Symptoms of asthma
Both children and adults who suffer from asthma have trouble taking air in and exhaling it. Their airways are swollen, constricting their breathing. Copious amounts of mucous accompany this bronchospasm which may be triggered by stress, exercise, allergens (such as grass or animal dander), cigarette smoke, temperature extremes and other weather-related changes, food, colds or the flu and environmental and indoor pollutants.
Specifically, asthma symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Restlessness and fatigue
- Coughing, particularly at night
- A tightness or heaviness in the chest
An increasing problem
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta says asthma diagnoses are increasing. While exact causes behind the condition are unknown, parents should understand that asthma is serious, impacting daily functioning and long-term well-being. However, families can manage the symptoms with an asthma action plan from the board-certified physicians at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield.
An asthma evaluation
It includes a complete medical history and physical. A lung function test, called spirometry, measures how much air your child expels in a single breath. Your pediatrician may order blood work and chest X-rays, too.
With a confirmed diagnosis, you and your child's doctor will formulate an asthma action plan to manage symptoms. This plan will include knowing your child's triggers, their medications (fast-acting bronchodilators and long-term corticosteroids), and what you should during a serious attack. The American Lung Association advocates using this plan to help physicians, parents, school nurses and caregivers coordinate the child's care with accurate information and a sensible way to deal with symptoms, particularly when symptoms are dangerous and potentially life-threatening.
If you suspect your child has asthma, contact Dr. Amy Dunn, Dr. Beth Nadis and Dr. Laurie Fisher at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI and serving the Commerce Township, and Farmington Hills Areas for a consultation. Together, you and your child's doctor can help your youngster lead an active, happy life. Call the office team at (248) 855-7510.