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Does your kid feel miserable?

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)
  • Stress
  • 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.

Coalition offers asthma screening

By Shannon Nielsen   staff writer, the Herald Journal

The Utah Asthma Coalition wants Cache Valley residents with asthma to breathe a little better.   With the launch of activities in Northern Utah and a free asthma assessment in North Logan on Thursday, the coalition is seeking to help those with asthma manage the condition.  

Ike Bennion, the director of communications for the coalition, said one of the goals for the assessment is to help prevent unnecessary hospitalization when asthma symptoms get worse.   “We hope that we can help people: One, recognize they have asthma, and two, if they do have asthma, manage their asthma,” he said.   There is a spectrum of those who suffer from asthma, he said. From those who can manage without medication to those who need a daily regimen to control symptoms, he said it’s important to understand your specific asthma needs.  

According to the Allergy Foundation of America, an average of 36,000 children miss school and 27,000 adults miss work on any given day due to asthma. Around 4,700 individuals are hospitalized each day. These hospitalizations, Bennion said, are largely avoidable when proper attention is paid to the condition.   McKenzie Reeder, the clinical director, said the target is helping those patients already diagnosed with asthma better manage symptoms and better understand medication.  

These assessments, she said, will hopefully be done twice a year to help residents be more aware of their asthma. There is no set date for the next local asthma assessment. “Winter can be a critical time for asthma management,” said Jeff Bennion, M.D., president of the coalition. “There are so many triggers that can cause attacks, such as severe cold and pollution. It is important to evaluate treatment regimens.”  

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Eli Lucero/Herald Journal  

McKenzie Reeder tests Courtnie Orton for asthma on Thursday.