Tag Archive: Asthma

  1. Recognizing Asthma Signs and Symptoms in Children

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    Recognizing Asthma Signs and Symptoms in Children with asthma have times where breathing becomes hard for them. Those with a more severe case of asthma tend to have breathing problems for a majority of the time.

    Getting medical attention is important if your child experiencing the signs and symptoms of asthma. Make an appointment with Pediatric Partners today for a thorough checkup and appropriate treatment.

    Symptoms That Are More Commonly Seen

    Some of the more common symptoms that indicate the presence of asthma in children include:

    •    persistent coughing and wheezing (a rattling or whistling sound in the chest while breathing)
    •    a tightness in the chest – as if a band is being tightened around it
    •    breathlessness

    There can be a number of causes for these symptoms. It could be because of allergies or the flu but they will most likely be symptoms of asthma if they tend to be recurring and more frequent than normal or if they occur in response to the common triggers such as exposure to an allergen such as animal fur or pollen or after exercising. Another indicator is if they are worse early in the morning and at night

    An asthma attack can happen suddenly, or over the course of a few days. Signs that your child may be having an attack are:

    •    their breathing is getting more rapid and it feels as though they can’t catch their breath
    •    their symptoms start getting worse (breathlessness, wheezing, coughing or tight chest)
    •    they’re too breathless to sleep, eat or speak
    •    they complain of a tummy ache
    •    their peak flow score is lower than normal
    •    the reliever inhaler isn’t helping them

    The symptoms are likely to develop gradually over a few hours or days. They do not necessarily occur suddenly.

    Some signs that indicate a severe attack are:

    •    rapid breathing and/or a rapid heartbeat
    •    blue lips or fingers
    •    severe wheezing accompanied by coughing and chest tightness and regular bouts of fainting
    •    confusion, drowsiness and exhaustion or dizziness
    •    being too breathless to speak, eat or sleep

    You should see the pediatrician if you think your child may have asthma.

    Preventing Asthma Attacks

    If you take the following steps you can help reduce your child’s risk of having an asthma attack:
    •    Have them avoid things that act as triggers whenever possible.
    •    Get regular reviews done for them with their GP or nurse. You should get this done at least once a year at the minimum.
    •    Check that your child is using their inhaler correctly.
    •    Ensure that they stick to their personal asthma action plan and take all of their prescribed medicines.

    Don’t ignore the symptoms if they’re getting worse. Follow the action plan and make an urgent appointment for your child to see their the doctor if the symptoms worsen.

    Advice For Friends And Family

    It’s important that your family, your friends as well as your child’s friends all know how to help in an emergency.

    It is recommended to make copies of your child’s personal asthma action plan and share it the people your child is most likely to visit frequently and spend time with so that others know what to do when your child has an attack.

  2. Summer Breathing Issues

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    Taking Steps To Prevent Or Limit Summer Breathing Issues

    Breathing issues can occur throughout the year. Summer Breathing Issues has its own problems that lead to breathing problems, especially for children who are prone to allergies. By taking a few precautionary measures, it is possible to avoid these problems and let your children have fun in the summer.

    Major Triggers Leading to Shortness of Breath

    Stress: Hot weather can often lead to an increase in the stress levels in a person’s body since the heat saps out the energy from the body. Because the body has to work harder to maintain the right temperature, more energy and oxygen are used in this process. This could lead to a shortness of breath.

    Asthma: Asthma usually occurs in children who suffer from allergies or other medical conditions. When an allergen comes in contact with the child, the lungs get inflamed and the child can find it difficult to breathe. Like most other weathers, the summer airs brings a lot of allergens with it. However, if you get your child checked and treated as soon as the season starts, you can avoid any breathing issues that are caused due to asthma or chronic bronchitis.

    Heat Stroke: A heat stroke can occur due to exposure to too much sun. Even though heat strokes do not directly lead to a breathing problem, if your child suffers from dizziness or fatigue that is brought on by a heat stroke, he or she can also have trouble breathing.

    Ways to Avoid Shortness of Breath and Keep Them Breathing Well.. All Summer Long

    It may be difficult to avoid any kind of activity during the summer but by taking care of your child, there are a few things you can do to avoid health issues or cope with them a little better.

    First of all, remember that hydration is extremely important during this weather. Ensure that your child has enough fluids throughout the day so that all the water in the body that is lost to the heat is replenished.

    Try keeping the meals at home light and non-spicy.

    Protein intake should be reduced because it can cause heat in the body.

    Try to keep your child away from strenuous activity, especially during the afternoon. If the activity cannot be avoided completely, try to reduce the duration of it.

    Tell your child to get enough rest between activities and grab a cool drink or a snack to get their energy levels back up to normal.

    At Pediatric Partners, we value the health of your child. Our board certified staff and pediatricians take care of all kinds of illnesses and troubles that your child may suffer from. It is our aim to make your child have a healthy childhood. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

  3. Asthma and Allergies

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    Understanding Asthma and Allergies in Children

    Allergies and asthma can be very dangerous in children if they are not diagnosed soon and treated properly. Five thousand people die a year from these problems and it often accounts for the highest number of school absences and hospitalizations in children.

    At Pediatric Partners, we take care of your children right from the time they are born until the time they reach adolescence. Not only do we ensure that they receive the best possible care but we also ensure that every parent trusts us with their children. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

    Difference Between Asthma and Allergies

    Asthma and allergies are very similar because they occur as a result of inflammation in the body. In both cases, the child will react to some kind of allergen (a foreign substance) in the body. The immunity system tries to fight this allergen and it results in the form of an inflammation in some part of the body. In the case of allergies, it could be a runny nose, a rash on the skin, watery eyes, etc. Asthma on the other hand usually occurs due to inflammation in the airways. This will make it difficult for your child to breathe. While an allergy is simply a chemical response to an allergen, asthma is a disease that can last through childhood and even get carried into adulthood in some cases.

    A number of children who have asthma symptoms usually also suffer from different kinds of allergies. Sinusitis and hay fever are seen in a lot of asthmatic children. It is very important to get the problem diagnosed so that your doctor can treat your child as soon as possible.

    Getting Medical Help for your Child

    If your child starts to show any signs of having breathing trouble or starts wheezing, you should visit the doctor. If the asthma is caught early, it can be controlled a lot more easily. The doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your child which will usually include a breathing test and may also include blood tests and a detailed medical history. The examination will also help to determine what problem your child is suffering from. If it is asthma, the doctor will then sit and form an action plan with your help so that you can prevent it from getting worse and you will be prepared if your child suffers from an attack.

  4. Spring Allergies

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    Advice On Recognizing and Preventing Spring Allergies

    A lot of children suffer from spring allergies or hay fever. Statistics indicate that as many as 40% of children in America have some kind of allergy. However, what is confusing for many parents is trying to determine if their child is suffering from allergies or cold.

    Common Signs of a Spring Allergies

    Spring allergies can start in children when they are between 2 and 5 years old. These allergies can be triggered in a number of ways and you should get your child checked as soon as you see common signs of any allergies. Call Pediatric Partners today and we will identify and treat your child’s allergies at the earliest so they can enjoy the outdoors in spring without the sniffles.

    •    A runny nose that has been bad for about a week
    •    Congestion in the respiratory system
    •    Itchy and watery eyes
    •    The symptoms gets worse when the pollen count is high
    •    The presence of rash on any part of the body
    •    Allergies running in the family, asthma, eczema or some other allergy
    •    An ear infection or inflammation in the ear
    •    The symptoms are not accompanied by a fever or body ache

    Children who suffer from allergies do not have an accompanying fever or any kind of body aches.

    How To Help Prevent Spring Allergy Symptoms In Your Child

    Children can pick up spring allergies with even a small amount of exposure. While it is not possible to lock your child up in a room for the entire season, there are a few ways in which you can reduce the amount of exposure that your child has to the allergen.

    Using an air conditioner is a great way to keep away dust mites. It also helps to decrease the amount of humidity in the area, helping to keep the pollen away. You should also check if there is any leaking in the house or damp patches and get them taken care of.

    Another way to reduce the pollen count at home is to keep the doors and windows shut. Even though people like opening up their homes in the spring to get some fresh air, a lot of pollen also gets into the house at this time.

    If your child has indoor allergies, keeping away the allergens can be a little more difficult. If you have a pet, don’t let the pet sleep with your child or get up on the furniture. Vacuum the house regularly and bathe your pets often. You should also minimize the number of soft toys in your child’s room since they collect dust. Wash the soft toys regularly too.

    If your child is struggling with allergies, contact Pediatric Partners today!

  5. Common Respiratory Illness In Children

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    Children below the age of 12 months can suffer from a number of respiratory diseases that can carry on for the rest of their lives if not treated and controlled properly.

    At Pediatric Partners, we look after your child’s health and provide the best treatment possible. All of us at Pediatric Partners are easily accessible and are committed to keeping your child healthy. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

    Different Types Of Respiratory Illnesses

    Here are some common respiratory illnesses that occur in children. Even though some of these are minor illnesses, if they are not treated properly they can lead to major lung diseases and various infections.

    Influenza

    Commonly referred to as the Flu, Influenza can have fever, muscle aches, a cough and other common symptoms. Even though the flu is very common among children, if your child is below 2 months, has breathing difficulties or has a fever above 101°F, you should visit the doctor.

    Common Cold

    There are over 200 types of viruses that can lead to the common cold. Usually characterized by a runny nose or sore throat, all children suffer from the cold at some point of time or another. In order to keep the cold under check and keep your baby safe, use an aspirator or vaporizer to clear his or her nose and keep cleaning their face to prevent skin problems. If the cold turns into a rash, fever or any serious problem, visit the doctor immediately.

    Asthma

    Symptoms of asthma are commonly seen in children that have a lot of allergies. These children react to various allergens that affect the airways and cause various breathing problems. A number of children that are exposed to second hand smoke or are allergic to pollen have problems with their lungs and that can lead to chronic asthma. It is important for these children to consult a doctor regularly so that they can be prepared with asthma medication whenever an attack comes on.

    Bronchiolitis

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a respiratory infection that usually leads to Bronchiolitis or Bronchitis. Most children below the age of two suffer from this infection. Children suffering from RSV often have wheezing problems that last for about 7 days. Over 30% of children who suffer from the infection are at a risk of chronic bronchitis or asthma symptoms later in their life so it is important to get it checked immediately.

    Triggers and Causes of Respiratory Illness

    Respiratory illnesses are usually caused either through genetics or by some kind of environmental factor. Right from the time when a mother is pregnant, the child is at risk of developing respiratory diseases. For example, mothers who smoke during pregnancy could pass on this smoke to the baby and damage the lungs. Children could also react to pollutants like Sulphur Dioxide in the air or pollen from plants. Lifestyle is also a very important factor since healthy and active children are usually at a lower risk of getting lung diseases.

    If you’re little one is feeling under the weather, let Pediatric Partners help. Call to schedule an appointment now.

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