Tag Archive: Wheezing

  1. How to Know When Your Newborn Has Whooping Cough

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    It is important for parents and doctors alike to keep a close eye out for whooping cough symptoms in newborns and infants. Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is named for the high-pitched sound of sharp inhales from victims of the disease; however, the “whooping” noise is not usually made by infants. Therefore, the symptoms can sometimes be difficult to recognize, and failure to do so can result in some serious repercussions. Thankfully, if on alert, they are noticeable and treatable. These are some telltale signs and symptoms to be aware of when identifying whooping cough:

    • The whooping cough often begins with common cold or flu symptoms, such as runny nose, sneezing, a mild fever, and a mild cough. There is no need to panic each time your child gets a cold, but it is important to pay close attention.
    • After a week or two, if the coughing persists and turns into longer, dry coughing fits, that is a strong indication of whooping cough.
    • For infants under six months, it can be common for them not to cough at all, but instead gag or gasp for air. This may result in vomiting or turning purple from respiratory distress. Also, the lips and fingertips often become blue-ish.
    • A pause in the baby’s breathing, or short intakes of breath, is called apnea and warrants immediate physician or hospital care.
    • Exhaustion is another symptom, which contributes to the infant’s susceptibility to other infections, pneumonia, and seizures. Be sure that your child sleeps often and is in a constant state of rest throughout their illness to help prevent these possibilities.

    Recognizing whooping cough symptoms in newborns is critically important. Whooping cough is most dangerous in infants, for it can have very serious consequences, is harder to diagnose, and requires immediate treatment. If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it is best to immediately seek hospital care to place them on a safe road to recovery.

    Calling for any kind of assistance is never discouraged at Pediatric Partners. For a deeper, medical description of whooping cough, information on prevention and treatment, or diagnosing assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    To see a video of an infant with whooping cough, look here.

  2. 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.

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