Asthma is a common respiratory condition that causes difficulty breathing. When your child inhales an irritant or allergen of some kind, their airways swell, constrict, and prevent air from passing to the lungs. As their airways constrict, they may make a high-pitched wheezing sound.
An asthma flare, or asthma attack, is often triggered by exercise, exposure to a virus, environmental, food, or other allergies.
Other common triggers include:
An essential part of treating your child's asthma is identifying their unique triggers and making a plan to avoid them and prevent asthma attacks. Your pediatric team at Virginia Pediatric Group supports you every step of the way.
When your child has asthma, they may have a sudden onset of:
Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening and can vary in intensity. Children with asthma may be more susceptible to chest colds and respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.
An asthma attack can be a frightening experience for both you and your child. The Virginia Pediatric Group team wants to ensure you have the support you need to avoid flare-ups and manage asthma throughout childhood.
Because asthma doesn't have a cure, a quality treatment plan involves expert evaluation, close monitoring, knowledgeable management, and family support. Initially, your child's treatment plan includes identifying their allergies and triggers.
Your provider works with you to develop a personalized plan of care that may include:
Well-child visits and early intervention when your child has a cold, flu, or other respiratory infection can help prevent asthma attacks. If your child wants to play sports or dramatically increase their physical activity, you and your provider should develop a plan that keeps them safe while they play.
For ongoing support and long-term management of your child's asthma, call Virginia Pediatric Group or schedule an appointment online today.