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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Crying unconsolably: A common definition of colic is an infant who cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days of the week, for more than 3 weeks. Although no one knows for sure what causes it, colic is fairly common, starting a few weeks after birth. Luckily, this condition goes away by about the third month of life. The main thing is to make sure your baby's crying is not caused by a serious condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several clues:: Diarrhea (especially bloody), constipation, pain/crying, rash, vomiting, and failure to gain weight are all possible clues to a milk sensitivity. The best test is to stop all dairy and soy (up to 50% cross-reactivity) products; if this takes care of the problem, you have your answer. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What do you suggest if my son has just been diagnosed with asthma, he is 3 and a half. what can I do to help ease his symptoms?
See A Specialist: Diagnosing asthma in small children is difficult because many of them are unable to perform a spirometry or a fractional exhaled nitric oxide level. As a result, the diagnosis is an educated guess and children are often undertreated or wrongly treated. If your child really has asthma, he should be on an inhaled steroid or at least Montelukast on a daily basis. ...Read more
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
Good info: Start by learning about PTSD at the National Center for PTSD web page http://www.ptsd.va.gov/ If your Dad is a veteran, some good books are out there. "Thanks for your service" by David Finkel is excellent. With good treatment, your Dad has the potential for progress. Let him know you're interested and encourage him to seek expert help. It makes a difference that you care! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Have to wait and see: Most experts believe that eczema has a genetic basis although environmental factors contribute to the development of eczema as well. Unfortunately there is no way to tell whether your child will develop eczema as she matures. Age of onset is usually before 5 years of age and there seems to be a slightly higher rate of eczema in females. Just have to wait and see. ...Read more
Help child learn: "spoiling" is a term understood but hard to quantify. I like to think of it as a child demanding attention/things/activities which only benefit the child and which are beyond the developmental norms for a particular age. As parents, we need to teach our children respect for others, their time and resources. Teaching new behaviors takes time but is worth it, your doctor can suggest techniques. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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