Approximately 8% of children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma in the United States, and the prevalence of asthma has been on the rise for several years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although asthma symptoms can affect your child's quality of life, the symptoms are manageable and treatment is available to help your child remain healthy and active. Dr. Kola Ologunja, a pediatrician at Spectrum Pediatric Group in Kennesaw, GA, advises parents to know the risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms of asthma and to work with a pediatrician to find the best treatment plan.
Pediatric Asthma Treatment in Kennesaw, GA
Asthma is a chronic (long term) lung condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. In addition to swelling and inflammation, people with asthma may also experience mucus buildup, making the airways even narrower and the flow of air into the lungs more constricted. Asthma symptoms can range from mild to severe, and identifying and avoiding "triggers" can help to minimize the risk of suffering an asthma attack.
Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors for Pediatric Asthma
Asthma commonly develops in childhood, and while there are some factors that can increase your child's risk, anyone can develop asthma at any age. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, the most common symptoms and risk factors for pediatric asthma include:
- Frequent coughing and wheezing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Lethargy/lack of energy
- Food or environmental allergies
- Family history of asthma
- Suffering from frequent respiratory infections
- Exposure to tobacco smoke
- Low birth weight
Although there is no cure, pediatric asthma can be treated, typically through lifestyle modifications designed to help avoid known triggers, and medication.
Find a Pediatrician in Kennesaw, GA
To learn more about your child's individual asthma risk, and for more information about pediatric asthma diagnosis and treatment, contact Spectrum Pediatric Group by calling (770) 966-0778 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ologunja today.