Asthma--it's a sometimes frightening and potentially dangerous and debilitating respiratory condition. In Jacksonville, FL, your pediatricians, Dr. Alexandra Kostur and Dr. Roman Criollo, know the signs that your child may have asthma. Let the caring team at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics give you the information you need to keep your youngster safe and healthy.
Childhood asthma and its symptoms
Unfortunately, this chronic disease affects Americans of all ages, including children. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about six million children in the United States alone have mild, moderate, or even severe symptoms. That's one in 12 kids whose lives are impacted--even threatened--by:
- Coughing at night
- Extreme and frequent fatigue
- Gasping and wheezing
- Shortness of breath and a feeling of chest tightness
- Dark circles under the eyes
A wide variety of internal and environmental factors may trigger an acute asthma attack. They include:
- A cold or the flu
- Cigarette smoke
- Allergens such as dust mites, mold, food, plant pollen, and animal dander
- Pollution (both outdoor air quality and indoor contaminants such as household chemicals, fabrics, and poor airflow)
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that asthma can run in families and that obesity may play a significant role in its development. If your child frequently exhibits these worrisome signs of asthma, please contact your pediatrician at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, for a consultation.
Treating childhood asthma
Dr. Kostur or Dr. Criollo will perform a complete medical exam, and chest auscultation (listening to breath sounds with a stethoscope) and order a chest X-ray, pulmonary function test, chest auscultation, and blood work as needed. After a review of the symptoms, the doctor may prescribe long-term medications to control the frequency and severity of asthma flare-ups. Also, he or she may advise the use of a quick-acting bronchodilator in the inhaled form to control sudden symptoms.
Besides, an asthma action plan should be reviewed with teachers, caregivers, coaches, and other adults in your child's daily sphere of activity. This plan helps your child and his or her significant others assess symptoms and what actions to take in the event of an asthma attack.
At Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics, Dr. Kostur and Dr. Criollo help many families recognize and manage signs and symptoms of childhood asthma. Help your child breathe better, and ease your mind. Phone us today for a consultation: (904) 446-9991.