Signs of Asthma in Children

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition in which the lungs become inflamed and spasm. Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and tightness in the chest are just some of the symptoms caused by asthma. Treatments are available for managing asthma symptoms so your child can still enjoy their favorite activities. Dr. Alexandra Kostur and Dr. Roman Criollo, the experienced and caring pediatricians at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, diagnose and treat asthma in children.

Asthma Signs & Symptoms 

Children with asthma can experience a broad range of symptoms when their asthma flares up. A common symptoms is difficulty breathing, which is the result of the airways in the lungs tightening up. Many different factors can trigger asthma symptoms, such as allergens, certain foods, smoke, and certain fragrances. Physical activity and stress can contribute to an asthma flare up, as well. 

Some common signs of asthma in children include:

  • Wheezing
  • Gasping for air
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightening in the chest
  • Excessive fatigue after playing
  • Coughing at night

Treatments for Managing Asthma Symptoms

Many effective treatments are available for helping children manage asthma symptoms. The skilled pediatricians at our Jacksonville, FL, pediatric practice can recommend treatments that are best suited to your child’s needs. For instance, treatment could include identifying the specific allergens and other factors that trigger asthma symptoms so you and your child know what things to avoid. 

Treatment might also include prescription medication, such as a rescue inhaler, for immediate relief during an asthma flare up. Another options is sublingual immunotherapy to help boost your child’s resistance to specific allergens. As your child builds immunity to allergens, those substances are less likely to trigger asthma symptoms. 

If your child shows signs of asthma, we can help by developing an individualized treatment plan tailored to your child’s needs. For the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kostur or Dr. Criollo, the knowledgeable pediatricians at our Jacksonville, FL, office, by calling Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics at (904) 446-9991.

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