Childhood asthma is a serious lung condition. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says over six million kids in the US currently live with it. At Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care, your team of 5 pediatricians helps children live well with their asthma. In fact, this is a special interest of Dr. Raj Pai in Westchase, FL. Here's more on this important health topic.
What constitutes asthma?
Asthma involves both sudden and chronic respiratory symptoms of varying severity, including:
- Lung inflammation and spasm
- Coughing, particularly during the night
- Extreme fatigue
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Skin pallor
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
Also, many asthmatic children experience allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, itching, and sneezing. But, whatever the symptoms, asthma can be life-threatening, and accordingly, it requires close monitoring at home and by your pediatrician in Westchase, FL.
Why do children develop asthma?
Asthma is something of a mystery. However, allergens, such as animal dander, mold, and pollen, seem to trigger it. Additionally, heredity, emotional stress, exercise, environmental pollution, and changes in the weather exacerbate a cascade of symptoms.
Can my child live well with asthma?
Of course, our physicians at Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care understand your concern for the well-being of your child. They'll work with you to identify symptoms and possible triggers and do a complete physical exam to rule out other health conditions.
Also, your pediatrician will prescribe medications. Most children use a short-acting bronchodilator (rescue inhaler) for sudden symptoms. Others benefit from an inhaled corticosteroid to reduce inflammation continuingly. We provide in-office nebulized medications to control severe episodes.
Finally, you and your child should employ an asthma care plan at home to recognize symptoms and to administer medications as needed. Bring teachers, daycare, and others into the information loop so everyone can help your youngster breathe well.
Find out more
Children have asthma more than any other chronic health problem. At Clearwater and Westchase Pediatric Care, we'll work with you and your child to treat asthma, allowing your family to function well together. For questions or concerns about childhood asthma, please call our Westchase, FL, office at (813) 818-1543 or in Clearwater, phone (727) 461-1543.