Any parent whose child has asthma faces constant worry about their child’s ability to breathe and wants to do everything they can to improve the condition. Highly skilled pediatrician Jose Fragoso, MD, of Union City Pediatrics in Union City, New Jersey, has an outstanding record in helping children with asthma cope with their condition and improve their health. Call Dr. Fragoso today to make an appointment, or book using the online tool.
Asthma is a disease that affects the airways to the lungs, causing chronic irritation and inflammation and narrowing of the passages that results in breathing difficulties. The extent of the problem varies as the inflammation and level of constriction changes, and children typically suffer asthma attacks that cause a crisis in breathing at certain times.
The precise reason why some children get asthma and others don’t isn’t entirely clear. Recent research into the causes of asthma provides evidence to support the idea that children who mix with higher numbers of other people and experience early exposure to common allergens such as pet dander are less likely to develop asthma.
Similar evidence suggests that early exposure to childhood illnesses influences the development of asthma, with most infections reducing the risk, but one, respiratory syncytial virus, increasing the chance of developing asthma.
Children with asthma tend to be affected by their environment, so exposure to certain substances is likely to worsen their symptoms. Typical trigger factors include:
Repeated or continuous exposure to these triggers worsens symptoms in children with asthma, and these children are also more vulnerable to respiratory infections.
The most obvious symptom of asthma is that your child is struggling to breathe properly. The inflamed airways of a child with asthma are extremely sensitive, a state known as hyper-reactivity. During this state, the airways may spasm, leading to blockage of the airways and resulting in wheezing, a feeling of constriction around the chest, and shortness of breath.
Children find having difficulty breathing extremely distressing, and this tends to cause a fear response and at times can make them feel panicked.
If your child ever shows signs of having difficulty breathing, you need to have them checked over to find the cause. If Dr. Fragoso diagnoses asthma, he can provide a personalized treatment plan for your child that relieves the inflammation in the airways as far as possible and provides the appropriate medication in the form of asthma inhalers for treating an asthma attack.
An essential element of a care plan for a child with asthma is identifying and controlling the triggers for an attack to help reduce the chronic irritation and inflammation in the airways. You need to examine every possible causal factor in your environment and take steps to minimize your child’s exposure.
If you’re concerned about your child’s breathing or they’re complaining of any shortness of breath, call Union City Pediatrics or use the online booking facility today.