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What Parents Should Know About Childhood Asthma


Asthma is a common case in urgent care Forest Hill. It affects people of all ages but it is children with asthma who need delicate medical attention as for them this can be a life-threatening condition.


At least 6.2 million children in the United States suffer from asthma, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. However, only a few are getting the proper treatment and management to prevent complications and ensure the safety of the child. 


How can you tell if your child has asthma?  


According to the American Lung Association, most children exhibit the first symptoms of asthma before they reach the age of five. But, diagnosing the condition in such young children can be challenging because of other childhood diseases with similar symptoms. 


However, a child may have a higher risk of asthma if:


  • It's runs in the family's medical history
  • The child has been diagnosed with an allergic skin condition such as eczema
  • The mother smoked or was exposed to second-hand smoke during the pregnancy
  • The child manifests breathing problems even without any respiratory tract infection 

To diagnose the condition of children older than five, the doctor at Palm Springs urgent care might require spirometry, which measures the patient's breathing. For younger kids, the doctors may base the diagnosis on how the child responds to the treatments.


What happens to a child during an asthma attack?


The airways become inflamed when a child is having an asthma attack because his body is reacting to the irritants around him. The soft tissues around these airways may also swell and tighten. During these episodes, the airways also produce more mucus, which can narrow the passageway further restricting the airflow. Thus, a child may start coughing, wheezing or experiencing abnormal breathing during an asthma attack.


It is important to note that the triggers of asthma vary with every child. Some asthma attacks may be due to common problems like allergies, pollution, chest colds, or occur after physical activity. Parents, together with the doctor, must help the child recognize the triggers, both indoors and outdoors. 


What are the common treatments for asthma in children? 


According to our urgent care Forest Hill doctors, asthma medications come in two types: controller medications to stop the inflammation, or quick-relief medications to prevent the wheezing fits and flare-ups.


Controller medications need to be taken every day despite the absence of symptoms as these are maintenance medications. Quick-relief medications, on the other hand, work within 10 minutes of an asthma attack. The latter are particularly handy during sudden-onset attacks.


Parents need to establish habits in their kids, especially when it comes to taking the maintenance medication. They must also help the child with the proper use of asthma devices, such as nebulizers or inhalers. 


Can children "outgrow" asthma? 


Some children's asthma symptoms may worsen as the child grows, while others may experience their symptoms disappearing as their lungs become more developed. However, some children who have outgrown their asthma could experience their symptoms returning in adulthood. 


Learn more about childhood asthma from Palm Springs urgent care doctors


When a child has been diagnosed with this condition, the best thing to do is work together with the doctor to follow through on the treatment and management plan. This way, the child can still have a healthier and active life despite the asthma diagnosis. Schedule an appointment now or Contact Us for more information.


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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.


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