How Can I Help My Child Manage Their Asthma?

How Can I Help My Child Manage Their Asthma?

Is your child’s asthma properly controlled? Worried your child might have asthma? 

According to the CDC, asthma is the most common chronic disorder in children. Asthma, which causes swelling of the airways, makes it difficult to breathe. Everything from stress to cold air or cigarette smoking could trigger an asthma attack. Since asthma can be serious and potentially life-threatening, it’s important that you turn to our Kissimmee, St. Cloud, & Orlando, FL, pediatricians if you suspect that your child might have asthma. 

What are the warning signs of asthma? 

Asthma symptoms can range from barely noticeable to severe. Asthma attacks will usually appear suddenly and your child’s symptoms may flare up occasionally or frequently, depending on the severity of their symptoms. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include, 

  • Changes in breathing 
  • Labored or shallow breathing 
  • Wheezing 
  • Itchy throat 
  • Chest tightness 
  • Runny nose 
  • Persistent cough
  • Trouble sleeping 

You may notice that your child becomes easily fatigued or out of breath while exercising. Other times, being outdoors during Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Orlando’s peak allergy season may exacerbate your child’s asthma symptoms (which warrants seeing our pediatricians for an evaluation). If your child has trouble talking, if their breathing becomes rapid and shallow or if their labored breathing is causing them to hunch over, these are all severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention. 

How is asthma treated? 

If your child is displaying any of the symptoms listed above it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor as soon as possible. Even though asthma isn’t curable it can be well managed with lifestyle modifications and medication. 

When it comes to treating asthma your pediatrician will most likely prescribe both a long-term inhaler that controls inflammation and an immediate, fast-acting inhaler that should only be used in emergencies when your child feels an asthma attack coming on. This “rescue inhaler”(as it’s often called) can reduce the severity of an attack. Your child’s long-term, maintenance inhaler, on the other hand, will be used daily to reduce inflammation of the airways and manage day-to-day symptoms.

Pediatrics of Central Florida has two offices in Kissimmee, and offices in St. Cloud and Orlando, FL, to serve your child and teen better. If you need to discuss asthma treatment options with our pediatricians, call the main office in Kissimmee on W. Oak Street at (407) 846-3455, the second Kissimmee office on Cypress Parkway at (407) 933-5985, the Orlando office at (407) 857-2816, or the St. Cloud office at (407) 891-0479.


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