Whether your child has just been diagnosed with asthma or you are worried that they may be showing signs of this respiratory condition, it’s important to understand how our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians can help. Here’s what you should know about childhood asthma:
What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder that causes chest tightness, inflammation in the airways, and trouble breathing. Asthma symptoms can occur at any time of the day or night, however, there are certain factors that could trigger an attack, as well.
What are the signs and symptoms of asthma?
It isn’t always easy to tell whether or not your child has asthma, especially when they are under the age of 5. This is why it’s important to keep up with wellness checkups and to visit your Raleigh, NC, children’s doctor. During these routine exams, we will check the lungs to make sure everything is working properly.
Common symptoms of asthma include:
- Wheezing or coughing, which may get worse at night or after exercise
- Difficulty breathing or shallow breathing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Trouble sleeping
Symptoms vary and some children’s symptoms may be milder than others; however, even mild symptoms require treatment. Sometimes parents won’t even know that their child has asthma until they are brought in to treat a respiratory infection (viral infections can often make asthma symptoms worse).
Is asthma curable?
Unfortunately there is no cure for asthma; however, our pediatricians can help your child manage their symptoms through long-term medication and lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding triggers whenever possible. Along with lifestyle changes, your doctor will also prescribe a long-term inhaler that is used daily to reduce inflammation and prevent an attack.
Another medication, a quick-acting inhaler, will also be prescribed to treat the beginning symptoms of an asthma attack. This short-term relief inhaler (Albuterol) is only used when your child feels the symptoms of an attack coming it. This medication can suppress symptoms and prevent an attack.
Concerned? Give us a call
If your little one is having trouble catching their breath, it’s important that you schedule an immediate appointment with us. Let our compassionate pediatric team at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, give you the answers you’re looking for when you dial (919) 787-0266.