Asthma affects American children more than any other chronic health condition, says the CDC. Management is key to a healthy childhood. So, your team of four physicians at Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield, MI, provides families with asthma symptom recognition, medication, trigger reduction, and more. Read on to learn how your child can thrive despite asthma.
Symptoms of asthma
Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation of the airway and lungs. Triggered by environmental factors, such as cold air, smoke, intense odors, or pollen, asthma also flares up after a cold, during periods of stress, and in response to exercise.
Most children with asthma wheeze, cough (particularly at night), and feel very short of breath. Additionally, they may be extremely fatigued or experience tightness in the chest. Some asthma episodes may be life-threatening and require emergency medical attention.
Despite its dangers and your concerns as a parent, your child can live well with asthma. At our West Bloomfield office, your physicians want to see children with asthma symptoms for a complete physical examination that includes chest auscultation and a lung function test.
Then, your pediatrician will outline a care plan aimed at trigger avoidance, medications, and more. KidsHealth reports that making an asthma action plan and adhering to it is important to sustained well-being and day-to-day functionality.
For instance, your child should take their medications as prescribed. Typically, asthmatics use a long-term control medication and carry a rescue inhaler for sudden onset of symptoms.
Both children and parents benefit from an asthma diary to track symptoms and what may cause them. Understanding the warning signs of an attack can help you, as the parent, stay on top of medication administration.
Finally, caregivers, teachers, sports coaches, and others who routinely interact with your child should know how to help them in the event of a flare-up. This is particularly important for kids who have severe, hard-to-control asthma.
Live well with asthma
Your child can achieve this, but it takes careful attention, planning, and teamwork. For more information on childhood asthma, contact Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield at (248) 855-7510.