Does your child from asthma? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately seven million children suffer from asthma. If you have concerns about your child's health, talk to your Ocala, FL, pediatricians at Kid's Health Alliance.
More About Asthma
Child asthma symptoms range from mild to severe and parents need to know about their child's condition for safety's sake. Hypersensitivity to environmental conditions can cause lungs to swell and tighten. This chronic respiratory condition, known as asthma, causes lung spasms and inflammation that can lead to difficulty breathing.
Other symptoms of an asthma attack include:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
- Wheezing and gasping for air
- Coughing at night
An asthma attack can be caused by several factors, such as stress or fear. Children who play high-energy activities, or sports, need additional care because of the symptoms mentioned above. You need to manage your child's asthma symptoms by going to a doctor's office (such as our Ocala practice) and learning what irritants to avoid.
Here are some reasons doctors believe could be the cause of childhood asthma, aside from it being hereditary:
- Sensitivity to irritants and certain air-born substances
- Sensitivity to certain types of food (such as shellfish) can trigger asthmatic symptoms.
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, call Kid's Health Alliance in Ocala, FL, at (352) 237-5400!