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How Can I Tell If My Child Has Asthma
Symptoms: The usual symptoms of asthma are recurrent episodes of cough, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath that occur more frequently at night (3 am) and with exercise. A cough that lingers way beyond the usual with a common cold is also typical. Other common triggers that suggest asthma are cold air, smoke or other forms of air pollution. Children over 5 yrs old can do breathing test also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recurrent sxs...: Asthma symptoms, which occur episodically, include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. During these episodes, the patient may be hypoxic so it is important that an emergent eval by a doctor be sought and an er visit may be necessary. Call 911 if the symptoms are severe. Between episodes, most patients are normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History and physical: Asthma is a common disorder defined by episodic symptoms, most commonly cough and wheeze. The best way to determine if a child has asthma is a) appropriate history and physical b) a trial of asthma medications if indicated c) lung function testing in older children (usually 6 or older). I find that the vast majority of time the history is adequate to make the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Hard to say: Many things trigger asthma like wheezing in infants:rsv, other forms of infectious bronchitis or bronchiolitis, so confidence using the label is hard.As many as 75% of wheezing infants will grow out of their recurrent pattern of wheezing by age 5, and it makes using the term imprecise at best.Males with bad asthma are often evident by 1 yo and females by 4, but i rarely use the label before 5. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History: History of symptoms tends to be very important in children. Cough with exertion, laughing or crying, cough with uris, wheezing, or cough at night, all can be clues to childhood asthma. A physical exam helps and then as the child gets older, specialized lung function tests can be done to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Symptoms, tests: Symptoms of pediatric asthma are cough, wheeze, and/or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath that is recurrent and commonly triggered by colds, exercise, cold air and at night. If over 5 yrs old a breathing test called spirometry will be done. Albuterol that treats asthma can be used and if symptoms improve, that is suggestive. Chest x-ray usually normal. Allergies commonly coincide. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my child has asthma and the poor kid is suffering, any home remedies to help him?
A Few: Asthma should be treated by a qualified physician whenever possible and if it is not responding to medicine then you need to see a pediatric allergist to help you. You can try a humidifier in his bedroom, a HEPA filter as well to clean the air. There are not really other things besides medicine that will help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prescriptions: If your child has asthma, the doctor will give you prescriptions for medicine. Your child may need one medicine. Or, she may need more than one. Be sure you understand which medicines your child should take, and how often. If you don’t understand the directions, ask the doctor or nurse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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