Know the telltale signs and symptoms of childhood asthma.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases and it’s characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. Certain irritants and pollutants can trigger a respiratory response. Our Fairfax, VA, pediatricians are experts at diagnosing and treating asthma in children and teens. Know the signs of asthma so that you know when to seek medical attention.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
While symptoms may develop at any age most symptoms will appear by the time a child turns 5 years old. Symptoms include:
- Chest tightness
- Chronic coughing that gets worse at night or with exercise
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue, particularly with exercise
- Trouble breathing
- Rapid or shallow breathing
Any of these symptoms are disconcerting and it’s important that you turn to a pediatrician for a proper diagnosis. Not only can our Fairfax, VA, children’s doctors diagnose asthma but they can also help you and your child manage symptoms. Since asthma isn’t curable we can work with you to find the right medications to reduce asthma attacks and to get your child’s symptoms under control.
What triggers asthma?
One of the most major triggers of asthma is weather changes; therefore, you may find that springtime kicks up your child’s asthma symptoms, particularly if they are prone to allergies. Other triggers include:
- Indoor allergies such as pet dander and dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- Household cleaners, bug sprays, colognes, or scented lotions
- Cold, windy weather
How is asthma treated?
It’s important to understand what triggers your child’s asthma so that you can avoid it as much as necessary. When you know what triggers your child’s symptoms you can take actionable steps and create an effective treatment plan. This is something that our pediatricians can also help with. Along with an action plan we will often prescribe two medications: a long-term controlled medication and a quick-relief medication. Long-term medication is taken daily to control symptoms to prevent attacks, while quick-relief medications are used for rapid relief of symptoms when your child feels an attack coming on.
Virginia Pediatric Group located in Fairfax, VA, offers a full range of pediatric services, from immunizations and routine checkups to urgent medical care for children and teens. If you are concerned that your child may have asthma then call our office today at (703) 573-2432 to schedule an evaluation.