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By 7 DAY PEDIATRICS
July 17, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Asthma  

Childhood asthma is more common than you might think. In fact, it is the most common chronic disorder in children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition that causes swelling within the airways, making it different for your little one to breathe. How do you know if your child might have asthma? The telltale signs include:

  • Trouble or difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Coughing that often gets worse at night
  • Fatigue, especially with exercise or play

If your child is experiencing or complaining about any of these symptoms it’s important that you schedule an appointment with a pediatrician as soon as possible. It’s important to write down the exact symptoms your little one has been experiencing, particularly because their symptoms may not be present during their evaluation. If you have a family history of asthma, this is something that your child’s pediatrician will want to know.

During the evaluation your doctor will also perform a physical exam, taking time to listen to both the heart and the lungs for signs of asthma. Sometimes a test known as spirometry will be used to test the lung function (this is most common in children over the age of 6 years old). This test is used to measure how much air is in the lungs and how quickly your child can exhale. Other tests may also be performed to check for other health issues that could be exacerbating your child’s asthma symptoms such as a sinus infection.

Asthma is serious and requires medication to keep this problem under control. While there is no cure for asthma, your pediatrician’s goal for asthma treatment is to prevent the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. We want to prevent your little one from having to rush to the hospital for a severe attack. Luckily, there are medications that your children’s doctor can prescribe to lessen asthma symptoms.

The type of asthma medication your child receives will depend on several factors including age. Infants and toddlers may require inhaled steroids to control asthma symptoms. The dosage will also change depending on your child’s age. Along with long-term medications that will be taken every day to help control symptoms and keep inflammation down there are fasting-acting medications that your child will also be prescribed (e.g. albuterol), which is only used when your little one feels an attack coming on. Before any medication is given to your child, your pediatrician will talk to both you and your little one about how to use asthma medication properly.

By 7 DAY PEDIATRICS
June 18, 2018
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: Asthma  

Asthma doesn't have to prevent your child from enjoying life. Thanks to a variety of effective treatment options, flare-ups may be reducedathma or prevented. The children's doctors at 7 Day Pediatrics help children manage asthma and other chronic conditions from their Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, offices and serving Fords and Perth Amboy.

How can I tell that my child is asthma?

Your child may have asthma if he or she exhibits any of these symptoms:

  • Wheezing: You may notice a whistling sound when your child breathes out.
  • Coughing: Does your child cough frequently, even if he or she doesn't seem to be sick?
  • Trouble Breathing: Your son or daughter may experience shortness of breath or rapid breathing due to asthma.
  • Chest Pain or Tightness: Children who have asthma may say that their chest hurts or feels tight.
  • Fatigue and Irritability: Struggling to breathe can make your child feel tired and grumpy.

What options are available to treat asthma?

Although you may suspect your child has asthma, the only way to confirm your suspicions is with a visit to an Edison or South Plainfield pediatrician. Common treatment options include:

  • Maintenance Medications: These medications are taken every day to prevent or reduce asthma flare-ups. Some medications are inhaled, while others are available in pill form.
  • Rescue Medications: Your child may also be prescribed a quick-relief inhaler that can help control asthma symptoms for four to six hours. The inhaler is used when symptoms flare up and is usually used in conjunction with a maintenance medication.

Treating underlying issues that may worsen asthma or cause flare-ups is also important. If your child's symptoms are triggered by allergies, allergy medication or immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended.

Identification of asthma triggers is another important aspect of asthma management. Triggers may include cigarette smoke, perfume, mold, cold weather, exercise, pet dander, or allergens. You might ask family members to avoid wearing fragrances in your home if strong odors cause flare-ups. If cold temperatures cause symptoms, encouraging your child to play indoors on frigid days may help him or her avoid an asthma attack.

Does your child have any symptoms of asthma? Call the children's doctors at 7 Day Pediatrics in Edison and South Plainfield, NJ, at (732) 548-3210 to schedule your child's appointment.

By 7 DAY PEDIATRICS
April 17, 2018
Category: Pediatric Care
Tags: Asthma   Sports  

While asthma may make playing sports more difficult, it certainly doesn't have to rule out sports altogether. Simply follow these five guidelines and your children will have a great time playing, without you worrying about their safety.

1. Choose the Right Sport

Some sports pose more of a danger than others. Sports such as ice skating, ice hockey, soccer and running pose the most risk due to the cold weather and the periods of intense activity with little break. Sports such as swimming, bowling and golf generally pose less risk.

2. Inform Your Child's Coach

Once your child is signed up, but before he or she goes out to play, have a friendly discussion with the coach. Let the coach know what warning signs to watch out for, and that while your child can play, he or she does have a legitimate complaint if pushed too far.

3. Teach Your Child the Warning Signs to Watch Out For

While the coach should keep an eye on your child, your child needs to be able to spot the warning signs of an asthma attack first. Common symptoms your child should know to watch out for include coughing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, decreased performance, and difficulty breathing.

4. Make Sure Your Child Always Has an Inhaler on Hand

An inhaler is typically the best defense against a sudden asthma attack, and your child won't want to be caught without one.

5. Watch the Weather Forecast

If your child plays an outdoor sport, you may want to watch the weather forecast to be aware of certain trigger days. Both cold weather and allergies can be triggers, and you may need to keep your child home on the worst days.

With the proper precautions and knowledge, there is no reason your child can't be part of the team! Simply follow these five safety procedures so your child can have fun without worry.

By 7 DAYS PEDIATRICS
October 02, 2017
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Asthma  
Does your child ever wheeze, cough or feel tightness in the chest? If so, your child may be suffering from asthma. For most kids breathing is simple. They breathe in through their nose and out through
their mouths with the air going into the windpipe, which then travels through the airways and into the lungs. However, children who suffer from asthma do not have as much of an easy time breathing, as their airways are very sensitive, making breathing a lot more difficult.  
 
And when your child has an asthma flare-up, or an asthma attack, it can be alarming and nerve-wracking. When an asthma attack occurs, a person’s airways get swollen and narrower, making it harder for air to get in and out of the longs. By understanding asthma, and asthma attacks, you can help your child breathe easier and better.  

What Causes My Child’s Asthma Flare-Up?

Various triggers can cause your child’s asthma flare-up. Some kids are sensitive to allergens, which are substances that cause allergic reactions in the airways. Some common allergens for kids with asthma include:
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pollen
There are a lot of children who suffer from asthma flare-ups when they are near furry animals, such as dogs and cats because they have what is called animal dander in their fur. This dander is a type of dandruff that is a trigger that can cause a powerful reaction in the airways. 
 
Some substances can trigger flare-ups because they irritate the airways. These substances include:
  • Perfume
  • Chalk dust
  • Cigarette smoke

Treating Asthma 

If your child has asthma, they should try to avoid things that can cause their airways to tighten. Some triggers, such as cats, colds and chalk dust, can’t always be avoided. In instances where the trigger cannot be avoided medication can help your child manage their asthma. Not everyone’s asthma is the same, but there are different types of medicine available to help treat and manage asthma.  
 
When treating asthma it is not like curing a sore throat or an earache, when everybody gets the same medicine. Instead, your child’s pediatrician will think about the causes of your child’s asthma flare-ups, how fast they happen and how serious they are. With that, your pediatrician will decide on the best kind of treatment for your child.  
 
Some children will take asthma medication only once in a while, when they have a flare-up. This treatment is referred to rescue medicine because it works fast to open the airways, so that the person can breathe properly. Other kids may need to take controller medicine every day, which works to keep flare-ups from happening.  
 
If your child is suffering from asthma, visit your pediatrician for further diagnosis and treatment. Depending on the asthma triggers, your pediatrician may prescribe an inhaler or other forms of treatment to help your child breathe better.