Your child's chronic cough may actually be a symptom of asthma. The lung disease affects 8 percent of people under 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asthma treatments offered by the pediatricians at All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, MN, can help your child breathe easier.
Does my child have asthma?
Asthma affects the small airways in the lungs, causing swelling and excess mucus production that make breathing difficult. Although your child may struggle to breathe if he or she has severe asthma, symptoms may be more subtle in milder cases. Common symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing: Does your child cough often even though he or she doesn't have a cold or an upper respiratory virus? Asthma may be to blame. You may notice that coughing worsens after your child is active.
- Tightness in the Chest: Kids with asthma may complain that their chests hurt or feel tight or strange.
- Shortness of Breath and Wheezing: Both shortness of breath and wheezing can occur if your son or daughter has asthma. Wheezing sounds like a whistling or rattling sound and tends to occur when your child breathes out.
- Trouble Sleeping: It's difficult to get a good night's sleep if you can't stop coughing or have trouble breathing. Lack of sleep can lead to daytime fatigue and irritability and may even affect your child's performance at school.
How is asthma treated?
Your child's Eden Prairie pediatrician will recommend treatments aimed at keeping symptoms under control. Inhaled and oral medications are generally used to treat asthma. These medications reduce inflammation, open airways and relax the muscles surrounding the airways.
Allergy testing may be suggested, as allergies can trigger asthma symptoms. If your child does have allergies, allergy medication or immunotherapy may help decrease asthma flare-ups. Your child's doctor can also provide a few tips that will help your son or daughter breathe easier at home, such as using a HEPA filter to remove airborne allergens, banning smoke and strong-smelling products in your house, replacing feather pillows with foam, or vacuuming often to get rid of dust and allergens.
Does your child have any of these asthma symptoms? Call your child's Eden Prairie, MN, pediatricians and certified pediatric nurse practitioners at All About Children Pediatrics at (952) 943-8200 to schedule an appointment.