An estimated 6.2 million children in the United States have asthma. To protect your child’s health and prevent asthma attacks, the Westside Pediatrics team offers comprehensive asthma care at their office in Katy, Texas. The board-certified physicians provide on-site diagnostic services, including lung function testing, and they tailor asthma treatments to your child’s individual needs. If your child struggles with asthma-related symptoms, don’t delay getting an evaluation. You can request a same-day appointment by calling Westside Pediatrics or using the online booking system.
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation, narrowing, and extra mucus production in the airways. This makes it increasingly difficult for children with asthma to catch their breath and take in enough oxygen.
The symptoms of asthma can develop when your child is exposed to certain triggers, such as allergens, environmental irritants, or stress. Asthma-related breathing issues can also occur in specific situations, such as when your child is physically active.
Asthma can result in a number of symptoms that develop suddenly and can worsen without treatment. These symptoms include:
For some children, severe asthma symptoms, known as an asthma attack, can become a life-threatening situation. When rescue medications aren’t enough to alleviate symptoms, this type of reaction requires immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital or by calling 911.
During your child’s diagnostic evaluation for asthma, your Westside Pediatrics provider examines your child and reviews their medical and family history.
To assess your child’s breathing, your provider may request a lung function test which measures how much air your child can bring in and out of their lungs.
If your doctor confirms your child’s symptoms result from asthma and aren’t caused by another underlying medical issue, they create a treatment plan to address both the short-term and long-term symptoms of asthma.
While there’s no cure for asthma, the Westside Pediatrics team ensures that your child’s condition is well-controlled. Their treatment plan for asthma may involve the use of allergy medications that alleviate narrowing and inflammation in your child’s airways.
Medications for asthma may be short-acting or long-acting, depending on your child’s needs. Short-acting rescue medicines are often delivered through an inhaler to quickly open airways and help your child breathe easier. Some children may do better with rescue medications delivered with a nebulizer machine during an asthma attack, delivered through breathing treatments at home or at Westside Pediatrics. Maintenance medications often help prevent inflammation in the airways.
Your child’s pediatrician can also discuss the need to limit activities and exposure to allergy triggers to reduce the frequency and severity of future asthma attacks.
If you suspect your child has asthma or you need a compassionate, reliable pediatrician to manage asthma symptoms, schedule a same-day consultation at Westside Pediatrics today by calling the office or using the online booking feature.