Asthma is a respiratory condition associated with shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and other symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 6 million kids in the U.S. have asthma, which equates to about 10 percent of all kids. The skilled pediatricians at Virginia Pediatric Group in Fairfax County, and Loudoun County, VA, diagnose and treat child asthma and can develop a treatment plan to help your child manage symptoms.
Symptoms of Asthma
While most children with asthma display symptoms by age five, asthma can occur at any age so it is possible for a child to develop it later on. Asthma is associated with several symptoms. See a pediatrician for a formal diagnosis and treatment if your child experiences any of the following symptoms of asthma:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Gasping for air
- Tightness in the chest
- Chest pain or pressure
- Coughing at night
Asthma symptoms often flare up in response to specific triggers, such as allergies, the weather, and certain foods. Being around individuals who are smoking can also induce an asthma attack. Other possible triggers include exercising, certain medications, or a sinus infection.
Seeking treatment for your child’s asthma can help in many ways. Not only will your child be able to breathe easier when an asthma attack comes on, but they should also be able to enjoy more restful sleep as well. Nighttime coughing and wheezing can keep kids awake. The right treatment can reduce these nightly interruptions so your child sleeps better.
We have several methods for treating child asthma at our many offices in Fairfax County, and Loudoun County, VA. One common option is prescription asthma medication in the form of an inhaler, which provides immediate relief during an asthma attack. Another treatment approach is sublingual immunotherapy to help your child build up a tolerance to allergens that are triggering asthma attacks. Sublingual immunotherapy involves exposing a patient to small doses of the allergen causing the problem. Over time, your child will develop immunity to the allergen so it is less likely to trigger an asthma attack.
If your child regularly experiences shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest, or nighttime coughing, those are signs your child might have asthma. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced pediatricians for the diagnosis and treatment of childhood asthma by calling Virginia Pediatric Group in Fairfax County, and Loudoun County, VA, at (703) 573-2432.