Asthma is a significant medical condition that affects many people, including children. The CDC estimates that about six million American children up to age 17 have the condition, and that about half of those children experience one or more asthma attacks during the course of one year. Our Little Rock Allergist, Dr. Meredith Dilley, wants you to understand what asthma could look like for your child including treatments.
It is important to diagnose asthma early in children. If your child has any kind of difficulty breathing, make an appointment with our Little Rock allergist, who will be able to conduct tests and diagnose asthma if it exists. Dr. Dilley will assess your child’s symptoms (such as wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath) and conduct a test of your child’s pulmonary system. Usually, this testing involves using a devise called a spirometer, which measures the amount of air flowing in and out of the lungs. Through this process, the doctor will be able to determine what triggers breathing difficulties in the child, as well as what is reducing normal lung capacity and function.
Our allergist in Little Rock will assess a child’s asthma to create a personalized treatment and management plan tailored to the child’s needs. Dr. Meredith Dilley can prescribe inhalers (corticosteroids) and other medicines that allow the child to control asthmatic symptoms so that they are able to enjoy the everyday activities of normal life.
It is very important for children and their parents to closely follow the allergist’s directions on treating and controlling asthma. The CDC also notes that it is common for many children to fail to use their inhalers as prescribed, which can allow asthma attacks to occur. For these reasons, it is important to educate the child, as well as their teachers, caretakers, and family members on the child’s specific asthma risks and treatment needs—especially on what to do if an asthma attack occurs.
Thankfully, if your child is diagnosed with asthma, treatment is readily available. Medicines and other treatment methods have improved over the years, which has resulted in less reported asthma attacks in children across the population. In comparison to decades past, staff at schools and other institutions are much better educated and equipped to care for children with asthma. More information on the specifics of asthma is also more readily available, such as from organizations like the CDC or from primary care physicians.