Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. When a person has asthma, his/her airways are irritated by allergens or irritants. In response, the body releases chemicals that cause swelling in the airways. This swelling narrows the airways, making it harder to breathe.
When children get asthma, their lungs and airways are constantly inflamed. This makes it very difficult and painful to breathe. So, it’s essential that parents bring their children in for pediatric care as soon as possible. That way, we can look at their medical history, symptoms, and habits. We can then prepare a treatment plan.
Asthma can develop at any age but is typically first seen in children. It can be a genetic disease.
The environment may play a role in causing asthma.
If your child has asthma, the cause of their asthma may be due to a food allergy. When your child comes into contact with an allergen, the body will send histamines to their airways, causing inflammation.
Many children develop asthma symptoms when they or someone they live with is allergic to house dust, dust mites, or mold.
According to the American Lung Association, 30% of children with asthma also live with a smoker. The smoke that a smoker inhales is inhaled by a child living with that smoker. This is why smoking is not only dangerous for adults but also for children.
Children with asthma may experience regular coughing, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. They may also experience a whistling sound when they breathe in. These symptoms can also worsen at night or early in the morning.
Children with asthma may also experience other allergy symptoms, including watery eyes, sneezing, and an itchy nose.
In most cases, asthma in children is first diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 11. The symptoms of asthma in children are similar to those of adults.
It can be difficult to diagnose asthma in children because they cannot always describe their symptoms. However, when these symptoms are combined with a family history of asthma, the doctor may make a diagnosis.
If your child has asthma, their pediatric doctor may prescribe an inhaler to help keep their airways open. The inhaler will help their lungs function properly, which will reduce asthma symptoms.
San Pedro Pediatric Medical Group creates a comfortable and welcoming environment where children feel comfortable throughout their visit. We are located at 1294 W 6th St #102, San Pedro, CA 90731. Contact us at (310) 832-6487 or visit our website to book an appointment with us.