About Childhood Asthma
Find out more about the symptoms and treatment options for childhood asthma.
If your child is having trouble breathing this can be extremely frightening. It’s usually when this happens that a parent calls our Austin pediatrician Dr. Peter Kangos for help. An asthma flare-up can be serious if it isn’t treated properly, which is why it’s important to be able to pinpoint the telltale signs of asthma in your child.
The warning signs of asthma include:
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness and/or pain
- Frequent coughing (that often gets worse at night)
Some children may have difficulty sleeping due to chest tightness or wheezing. You may also find that these symptoms intensify when your child contracts a respiratory infection such as a cold. In some cases, asthma may also hinder your child's ability to play certain sports or be involved in more strenuous activities without feeling winded.
Since symptoms do vary greatly, it’s important that if your child is displaying any of these warning signs (no matter how minor they may seem) that you call our Austin, TX, children doctor right away.
As you might imagine, the sooner we treat your child’s asthma the better, as we can help your child control not just day-to-day symptoms but also prevent future asthma attacks. The overall goals of asthma treatment are to lessen and even prevent the frequency and severity of asthma attacks, reduce and even eliminate day-to-day symptoms and make sure that the medications are managing their symptoms effectively enough to enjoy activities and exercise without issue.
There are a couple of ways in which we will help your child treat their asthma. First and foremost, we will prescribe a long-term controlled medication that will be used every day to reduce inflammation within the airways to prevent attacks. We will also give your child a fast-acting medication for when asthma attacks flare-up, as controlled medication will not be able to treat attacks once they start. This fast-acting medication is only to be used when your child feels the symptoms of an attack coming on to help immediately open up the airways and reduce swelling.
If your child is wheezing or having trouble breathing then it’s time you made an appointment with our pediatrician Dr. Peter Kangos. Call Kangos Pediatrics in Austin, TX, today to schedule an evaluation with us. Let us help your child breathe easier.