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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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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?

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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How can I tell if my child has heartburn?

How can I tell if my child has heartburn?

Fussy with feeds: Baby may arch away from the nipple, burp a lot and become very fussy during or shortly after feeding.Unlike the baby who has mild reflux, will display marked discomfort when he/she spits up. If not attended baby may have increased risk for respiratory problems including ear infections. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has autism?

How can I tell if my child has autism?

In infancy?: Core symptoms of autism look different at different ages, but always include delays in social communication. A 4-month-should goo and coo " in sync" with mom, a 6-month-old should raise his arms to be picked up, a 9-month old should respond to his name. The diagnosis includes much more, but these are things parents can notice early. Firstsigns.Org has good checklists for parents. Check it out! ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby has rsv?

How can I tell if my baby has rsv?

Severe cold symptoms: Rsv may cause a common cold in some children. However in young infants, RSV may cause much more severe cold symptoms (associated with marked nasal drainage and congestion, difficulty breathing with wheezing, grunting, retractions in the chest). If your baby is struggling to breathe, it is best to contact your doctor for her to be seen in case the infection may be due to rsv. ...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 will I know if my child has mild asthma?

How will I know if my child has mild asthma?

Depends on symptoms: Depending on their age, children with asthma will have coughing, wheezing, and/or shortness of breath triggered by viral infections, exercise or allergic exposures. Younger children predominantly have colds that always "goes to their chest". If your child is already known to have asthma, mild persistent asthma is defined as symptoms or use of rescue inhaler > 2x per week, but not daily. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has tapeworms?

How can I tell if my child has tapeworms?

Stool sample: The best way to check for tapeworms is to have a lab inspect a stool sample. Check with your child's doctor regarding how to go about submitting a sample. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has a headache?

How can I tell if my child has a headache?

Very hard to tell: It is very hard to tell if a baby has a headache. We assume babies and toddlers have headaches because we know older children and adults have headaches. We presume that the symptoms children and adults have during headaches are similar to the symptoms babies would have during headaches, such as: cold symptoms, fevers, vomiting, poor appetite, fussiness, tiredness, restless sleep, etc. . ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has developed strabismus?

How can I tell if my child has developed  strabismus?

Examination: An eye examination by a qualified pediatric opthamoogist is the best way.A more inaccurate method is to look and see the reflection "dot" in the eyes when a light is being aimed at the eyes. The dot should be in the same exact spot in each eye. If not, see the doctor. ...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 allergies?

How do I know if my child has allergies?

Allergies: Sneezing, itching, runny nose, watery eyes, loose stools, lethargic, confused, to name just a few symptoms. A blood test can pin point the allergens. I am not a big fan of the skin allergy test. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child is teething?

How can I tell if my child is teething?

Cranky, drooling: I have found that children often get irritable about two weeks before the teeth actually break thorough the skin. I believe this is the most bothersome time, rather than the teeth actually cutting through the skin. Drooling, and increased irritability are signs. ...Read more

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What can I do if my son has asthma, can he get a fever by having asthma?

What can I do if my son has asthma, can he get a fever by having asthma?

No: Just having asthma usually does not cause fever. But children with asthma can develop upper and lower respiratory tract infections (viral or bacterial) that can cause fever. Fever is a symptom and has numerous causes that are not just limited to the respiratory tract alone. Please talk to your child's doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child is really gifted?

Get him tested: Getting an IQ test and psychoeducational testing in second grade can confirm that your child is gifted...Something a mother already knows. ...Read more

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How can I know if my child is autistic?

How can I know if my child is autistic?

Evaluation: Please talk with your pediatrician and discuss it with him/her and whether or not an evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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How can I know if my baby has food allergies?

How can I know if my baby has food allergies?

Rash or irritability: Most food allergy presents with eczema - an allergic rash. Vomiting, diarrhea, poor weight gain, irritability or colic are other common presentations. Sometimes respiratory symptoms as asthma and ear infections may also be related to food allergy. Rarely blood in the stool may be caused by a food allergy. ...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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How can I tell if my child has chicken pox?

How can I tell if my child has chicken pox?

Symptoms: Chickenpox starts on the central portions of the body, hairline paricularly, as small red dots which advance to pimples and blisters and then scab over. It spreads outward the hands and feet being the last area to be affected. All the stages are seen at the same time pimple blister and scab. ...Read more

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