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By White Oak Pediatrics
September 05, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Asthma  

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
  • Fatigue
  • 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.

By White Oak Pediatrics
June 08, 2018
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Asthma  

AsthmaDoes your child from asthma? Approximately seven million children suffer from asthma, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have concerns about your child's health, talk to your Raleigh, NC, pediatricians at White Oaks Pediatrics.

Child Asthma

Child asthma symptoms range, mild to severe, and parents need to know more about the condition. Your Raleigh pediatrician can tell you more about asthma. Hypersensitivity to environmental conditions, or allergies, that cause lungs to swell and tighten are believed to be the cause of asthma. The chronic respiratory condition causes lung spasms and inflammation that lead to difficulty in breathing. Other symptoms of an asthma attack include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing at night
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Wheezing and gasping for air

An asthma attack can be caused by several factors, like stress or fear. Children who play high-energy activities or sports need additional care because of the symptoms mentioned above.

Causes of Asthma in Children

There is no known reason for childhood asthma. You need to manage your child's asthma symptoms by regular allergy tests to know what irritants to avoid.

Here are some reasons doctors believe could be the cause of childhood asthma:

  • Sensitivity to certain types of food can trigger asthmatic symptoms, like shellfish.
  • Hereditary
  • Sensitivity to irritants and certain ariel substances

Asthma Treatments

The question on every parent's mind is how they can treat their child's asthma. Your pediatrician’s office prescribes medicine to help relieve asthmatic symptoms.

  • Asthma medication, like inhalers, are fast relievers
  • Long-term therapies, like Sublingual Immunotherapy, boost a person’s resistance to allergens and reduce instances of asthma attacks

Seeking help from your pediatrician is important. They'll assist and educate you on how to take care of your child's asthma. If you have any questions and need more information on asthma, call White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, at (919) 787-0266!

By White Oak Pediatrics
June 15, 2017
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Asthma  

Asthma affects about one in 12 people according to recent statistics released by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & asthmaImmunology. Since it is a condition that is most often diagnosed in childhood, if your child has any concerning symptoms it's important to see a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options. Learn the signs that a child may be suffering from asthma and visit White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC for help.

What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition that causes the air passageways to constrict, making it difficult to breathe. There is an inflammation of the lungs that causes them to swell or spasm, causing wheezing, coughing and gasping for air. Asthma is a respiratory disease that is often triggered by an allergy to environmental elements, high energy activities (like sports) or a stressful situation. 

Asthma Causes
The specific causes of asthma are unknown, but doctors and experts have their theories. Here are a few possible factors to consider:

- Lifestyle factors—some believe that an overemphasis on pristine hygiene in Western culture has made some children less able to fight off infections and immune disorders
- Overweight children may be more prone to developing asthma
- Being exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke as a child could be related to asthma symptoms
- Environmental triggers are usually in play when there’s an asthma attack, such as a reaction to dander, dust or pollen in the air
- Parents who have asthma often have children with the same condition (it may be inherited)

Signs of an Asthma Attack and Treatment
Coughing or wheezing uncontrollably, difficulty catching the breath, and feeling a tightness in the chest are clear signs of an asthma attack. Your Raleigh pediatrician can prescribe a fast relief inhaler to use in these instances. Another asthma treatment to discuss with your child’s doctor that may have long-term positive effects is called sublingual immunotherapy.

Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment
Don’t just guess—the best way to know if the diagnosis is asthma is to see a pediatrician at White Oak Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC. Call (919) 787-0266 today to schedule a visit with a qualified, caring physician.

By White Oak Pediatrics
June 10, 2016
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Asthma  

Are you concerned that your child's cough and other symptoms could be signs of asthma? Your Raleigh, NC pediatricians--Dr. Donna Anderson, Dr. Rebecca Daumen, Dr. Allison Hart Schmitt, Dr. Robert Munt, Jr. and Dr. Kasey Joyner of White Oak Pediatrics--describe common signs and share other information about asthma.Asthma

What is asthma?

Asthma occurs when the airways in your child's lungs narrow and become inflamed. Unlike colds or viruses, asthma is a chronic lung disease that doesn't go away after a few weeks.

What are the signs of asthma?

It's not always easy to tell if your child has asthma or a virus or infection. Common signs and symptoms of the lung disease include:

  • Persistent Cough: Your child may have a cough that just doesn't seem to get better. The cough may get worse at night or when they laugh, cries or exerts themselves.
  • Breathing Problems: Children who have asthma may experience rapid breathing, wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Tightness: Narrowing and inflammation of the airways can cause a tight feeling in the chest. Your child may complain of chest pain or tightness.
  • Lack of Energy: If your child has asthma, breathing can be hard work. It's not surprising that they may tire more easily or have less energy than usual.
  • Tight Muscles: Tight muscles in the neck and chest may be a sign of asthma, particularly if the problem occurs in conjunction with other asthma symptoms.

How can my Raleigh pediatrician help my child?

If your child is diagnosed with asthma, their pediatrician can offer treatments that will reduce airway inflammation and narrowing. A daily long-term medication, such as an inhaled corticosteroid, keeps the disease under control, while a quick-relief inhaler is essential for flare ups. If your child is young, the pediatrician may recommend using a fine mist nebulizer instead of an inhaler to ensure that he or she receives the full benefit of the medication.

Don't ignore that lingering cough or other potential asthma signs. Call your Raleigh, NC pediatricians--Drs. Anderson, Daumen, Hart Schmitt, Munt and Joyner at White Oak Pediatrics--at (919) 787-0266 to schedule an appointment.