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.