Asthma

All About Children Pediatrics

Pediatric Clinic located in Eden Prairie, MN

Asthma can be debilitating and even life threatening if it’s left untreated. If your child has difficulty breathing during exercise or even at rest, the expert pediatrics team at All About Children Pediatrics in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, can help. They test for and treat asthma cases in children of all ages. If you suspect your child has asthma, schedule an appointment with All About Children Pediatrics over the phone or online today.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition in which your child’s airways can swell, become narrow, and produce mucus. This, in turn, makes breathing difficult and can trigger debilitating symptoms, some of which are life-threatening. Simple asthma tests and treatments are available at All About Children Pediatrics to restore your child’s quality of life.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

The following signs and symptoms are associated with asthma in children:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Gasping for air

Asthma symptoms may come and go or be long-lasting. They might get worse with allergies, cold weather, smoke, other irritants, or being overweight. Exercise-induced asthma can occur when your child is physically active. 

What causes asthma?

The exact cause of asthma isn’t entirely clear, but it seems to stem from genetic factors. The environment might also play a role in its development. Kids with allergies may have a higher risk of experiencing asthma.

How is asthma diagnosed?

To find out if your child has asthma, All About Children Pediatrics providers review your child’s medical history and symptoms. They complete a physical exam, listen to your child’s breathing, and complete lung function tests, such as peak flow and spirometry tests, to diagnose your child’s condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.

During the tests, your child blows into a special breathing device. Your pediatrician may also recommend allergy testing using a skin prick test to determine if allergies contribute to asthma flare-ups and require treatment.

What is the treatment for asthma?

Asthma treatments are based on the severity of your child’s asthma. Your pediatrician might recommend asthma inhalers for fast relief, allergy treatments, oral medications, or immunotherapy to improve your child’s resistance to allergens.

Your All About Children Pediatrics provider works with you and your child to develop a personalized treatment plan that best suits their needs and lifestyle. Asthma treatments are simple and noninvasive.

Don’t let breathing problems associated with asthma negatively affect your child’s life or ability to stay active. Schedule an appointment with All About Children Pediatrics over the phone or online for an evaluation today.