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FAQs About Pediatric Asthma

Severe pediatric asthma can affect Phoenix, and Scottsdale, AZ, infants and children and cause many long-term health problems. If your child has developed this health issue or you’re worried they may have it, it’s essential to work with us at Phoenix Pediatrics to get the support you need. The following questions are the most commonly asked by parents worried about this disease.

How Many Children Have This Disease?

If your child has this disease, you might feel helpless or alone. Don’t feel that way: many children have this breathing problem. According to the CDC, nearly 9% of all children have this pediatric health issue. While that’s not necessarily comforting, it at least lets you know that you’re not alone: and that experts like Phoenix Pediatrics can help you. 

What are the Most Common Types?

This health concern is not a singular issue. In fact, it often has multiple triggers that can make it harder to properly diagnose and treat. For example, some children may experience asthmatic attacks due to allergies, viruses, weather changes, and exercise. Common allergic triggers include mold, pets, pollen, dust mites, and even some foods.

What are the Symptoms of Asthmatic Attacks?

Most children in Phoenix, and Scottsdale, AZ, live with asthma comfortably without experiencing frequent attacks. Symptoms of an asthmatic attack can be very scary for a child and parents and include pain in the chest, trouble breathing, a chronic cough, loud breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Attack frequency will vary based on the child.

Are There Risk Factors?

Children typically develop this pediatric concern due to genetics and environmental concerns. For example, if you had this problem growing up, your child may as well. Other factors include exposure to air pollution and cigarette smoke. Allergy-related conditions, like hay fever and eczema, may also increase a child’s risk. Obesity is another common risk factor.

Can It Be Treated?

Yes, thankfully. A pediatrician can diagnose this health condition by checking your child’s health history, performing a physical exam, asking about symptoms, learning what triggers them, performing x-rays, and giving them a lung test. Treatments include inhaled corticosteroids that reduce asthmatic attacks and daily medications that reduce a child’s risk of attacks. Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding triggers and even losing weight, may also help.

How We Can Help You

At Phoenix Pediatrics, our team of doctors has many years of experience managing pediatric asthma for children in Phoenix, and Scottsdale, AZ, children. When you call us at (602) 242-5121, we’ll set up an appointment for your child to assess their condition and help you understand their treatment. In this way, you can help your little one feel as comfortable as possible with this disease.

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