3 Things Many Parents Don’t Know About Childhood Asthma

When you notice your child is struggling to breathe after physical exertion, it might be the first sign they have asthma. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects the lungs’ ability to take air in and move it out. Many people develop asthma symptoms in early childhood, but the condition may go undiagnosed because of how varied the symptoms can be in children.

At Westchester Park Pediatrics, our pediatricians have extensive experience in managing childhood asthma. We work closely with you to minimize the impact asthma has on your child’s overall health.

In addition to customized treatments, we offer education and resources to help you better manage your child’s asthma. Our pediatricians also provide insight into what to look for when you have concerns about your child’s respiratory health and are wondering if they may have asthma.

Here are three things you might not know about childhood asthma:

1. Wheezing isn’t always a side effect of asthma

Wheezing is one of the most well-known asthma symptoms parents look for in a child who might have asthma. But not all children actually wheeze during an asthma attack.

While wheezing can be related to asthma, this symptom can also be the result of allergies, infections in the upper respiratory tract, and gastroesophageal reflux disease or other digestive disorders.

2. Asthma symptoms may occur in similar ways each time

Older kids can tell you when they don’t feel good. But because younger children can’t always explain how they feel or describe their breathing difficulties, it’s important that you watch for possible warning signs of an asthma attack. Oftentimes the triggers and timing of asthma symptoms occur in a pattern. 

With an asthma flare-up, your child may cough or be short of breath:

Struggling to breathe in enough air can also cause anxiety in children, which can worsen the chest tightness and labored breathing of asthma.

3. Asthma is more likely in kids with eczema or seasonal allergies

Children with eczema (atopic dermatitis), hay fever, and other allergies are more likely to develop asthma than children without these conditions. Kids with eczema and allergies also tend to develop asthma as early as age three.

Asthma symptoms are often triggered by seasonal or fall allergies, so they might be worse during the height of ragweed pollen season, which is mid-August through the first hard frost.

Asthma is manageable with help

It’s important that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation with our team at Westchester Park Pediatrics if your child experiences:

We offer comprehensive asthma care including diagnostic testing and treatment to meet your child’s needs. We work with you to manage your child’s asthma and prevent complications from serious asthma flare-ups.

Childhood asthma can be successfully managed with short-acting and long-lasting medications and lifestyle changes under the supervision of our pediatricians. We ensure your child has everything they need to thrive and enjoy a healthy childhood.

If your child no longer enjoys running around or you notice them struggling to breath with activity, don’t delay getting a diagnostic evaluation for asthma. You can call our office in Purchase, New York, to make an appointment or schedule one online today.

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