Many parents casually mention to their doctor that their child has been miserable for some time, coughing constantly, feeling tightness in the chest, feeling short of breath. They mention that they are unable to live like a “normal” kid. These kids are normal, they just have asthma. These parents mistakenly believe that nothing can be done to help their child feel better.
The good news is that through proper diagnosis by a physician and prescribed mediation, children with asthma can live a normal life.
What should you look for if your think your child has asthma? The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) gives some great guidelines for the symptoms of asthma:
- Coughing, especially at night, during exercise or when laughing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound in your chest when you breathe, especially when exhaling)
- Any asthma symptom is serious and can become deadly if left untreated.
These symptoms can be caused by triggers. Some things to look for:
- Outdoor allergens, such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds
- Indoor allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites and mold
- Certain drugs and food additives
- Irritants in the air, such as smoke, chemical fumes and strong odors, such as perfume
- Colds, the flu or other illnesses
- Exercise (although people with asthma can benefit from some exercise)
- Weather conditions, such as cold air or extremely dry, wet or windy weather
What should you do if you notice these symptoms? We can help you confirm these symptoms or you can set up a visit with your family physician. Your physician can help manage your child’s asthma.
Your child can be happy and healthy with the appropriate management of their asthma. Let us help you take the first step and get appropriate attention. We want to help your child spend less time thinking about their asthma and more time being a kid.