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How can I tell if my child has asthma?

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 more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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How can I tell if my child has asthma?

How can I tell if my child has asthma?

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 more

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How can the doctor tell if my child has asthma?

How can the doctor tell if my child has asthma?

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 more

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How can you tell if a child has asthma?

How can you tell if a child has asthma?

Asthma: A good history , physical and spirometry can help to make the diagnosis. Look out for the typical symptoms of cough, wheeze, dyspnea, sputum production. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a child with asthma smoke 1 cigarette?

Please tell me, could a child with asthma smoke 1 cigarette?

Whether they have: Asthma or not, they should not smoke one cigarette. It is much more harmful to children than to adults, especially to children. Please avoid! ...Read more

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Can anybody tell what foods should not be given to my child with asthma?

Can anybody tell what foods should not be given to my child with asthma?

Allergies..:: The only foods to avoid are foods that the child is allergic to that trigger bronchospasm or anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any males have low sperm due to having asthma as a child and being on steriods such as prednisone?

Can you tell me of any males have low sperm due to having asthma as a child and being on steriods such as prednisone?

NO : This is unclear but needs to be investigated. Need to see a urologist. There are a number of reasons for low sperm count and may have to do with steroids but need to rule other things out .See a urologist. ...Read more

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How do I tell that my 4 months old baby is suffering from asthma ?

How do I tell that my 4 months old baby is suffering from asthma ?

Infection: Most wheezing in infants is due to infections, not asthma. An infant's airway is so small that any swelling from an infection can lead to wheezing. Most asthma physicians would not label a child as asthmatic until after their third birthday. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is the earliest asthma can be diagnosed in a baby?

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 more

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How do I know if my child has asthma?

How do I know if my child has asthma?

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 more

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How do I know if my child has asthma?

How do I know if my child has asthma?

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

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How do I know if my child has asthma if he coughs a lot?

How do I know if my child has asthma if he coughs a lot?

Detailed evaluation: He needs to be evaluated by his pcp to r/o other causes of a prolonged cough besides asthma. ...Read more

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My child has asthma and the poor kid is suffering, Any home remedies to treat this?

My child has asthma and the poor kid is suffering, Any home remedies to treat this?

Unfortunately no: If you know he or she is suffering, you definitely need help, please go to ER or urgent care for a quick fix, then please follow up with an asthma specialist for long term care, goodluck ...Read more

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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 more

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My child has asthma but sometimes cough during the night what should I give him?

My child has asthma but sometimes cough during the night what should I give him?

Night time cough: In an asthmatic means that asthma isn't fully controlled, first he needs to take his asthma medications as prescribed, and second , better be seen by an asthma specialist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist/immunologist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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My child has asthma. Which prescription should I give?

My child has asthma. Which prescription should I give?

Call doc.: Asthma treatment can be confusing and overwhelming. Have your physician write out an asthma action plan for your child. Post this plan where everyone in the family can find it if needed. Good places are the bathroom mirror or the refrigerator door. ...Read more

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My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

See doctor: You will need to see your doctor since this may be a signal that his asthma is getting worse. ...Read more

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If my child has asthma, how will the doctor and I help?

If my child has asthma, how will the doctor and I help?

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 more

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