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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 12 people have asthma, which is especially prevalent in children. It is important to understand its symptoms and treatments to ensure that your child receives the care they need to prevent serious complications. Find out more about asthma and how it affects your child with Pediatrics at 1180 in Brookline, MA.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a common but chronic condition which causes the inside walls of the airway to become inflamed. Often, the airway also becomes sore and extremely sensitive to irritants like allergens. The airway reacts to these irritants and constricts, causing a restriction in the air the lungs receive. This, in turn, causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.
Does my child have asthma?
Asthma affects many people worldwide and is common in children. Some of the common symptoms of childhood asthma include:
- frequent coughing
- shortness of breath
- whistling or wheezing on exhale
- tightness in the chest
- chest pain
- delayed recovery from respiratory illnesses
- trouble sleeping due to coughing or shortness of breath
- fatigue, usually from poor sleep
If you think your child may have asthma, it is crucial to speak with their pediatrician as soon as possible to ensure they receive the treatment they require. Untreated asthma can cause serious complications.
Asthma Treatments in Brookline, MA
The goal of asthma treatment is to minimize or eliminate symptoms and flare-ups. Inhaled medications can help control symptoms of asthma on a long-term basis. Oral medications may also keep symptoms away. Quick-relief medications help treat asthma attacks as they happen. In some cases, controlling your child’s allergies can help control their asthma. Work with your child’s pediatrician to ensure they are on the right track for their treatment. Controlling their asthma can prevent serious complications.
For more information on pediatric asthma or its treatments, please contact Pediatrics at 1180 in Brookline, MA. Call (617) 232-2915 to schedule your child’s appointment with their pediatrician today!
What your pediatrician in Brookline wants you to know about the importance of school physicals
Getting your child ready for school can be a busy time. You can simplify your child’s healthcare by remembering to schedule a school physical. School physicals are the perfect time for you to share your concerns about medical issues and learn more about how to keep your child healthy. Pediatrics at 1180 in Brookline, MA, wants to help you discover the value and importance of school physicals.
School physicals are an important way to ensure your child is healthy before entering school. This protects your child and other students from exposure to contagious, potentially serious medical conditions. It is also the perfect opportunity to make sure your child is current on immunizations, a requirement for attending school.
You can print a handy immunization schedule for children up to 18 years old from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), by clicking here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf
During your child’s physical, your doctor will complete a thorough medical history including allergies, illnesses, injuries, and other important medical information. A family medical history is often also included. Along with a medical history, your child’s height, weight, pulse, temperature, and blood pressure will also be recorded. The information gathered provides an excellent baseline to measure your child’s growth and development.
A school physical also includes a check of your child’s breathing, heart sounds, ears, nose, eyes, and throat. Your child’s hearing and eyesight will also be checked. For sports physicals, the doctor will also check muscle strength and flexibility, and whether your child experiences symptoms like chest pain or dizziness after activity.
Your doctor will also share important information about diet, exercise, sleep, and other lifestyle issues to help ensure your child has the best environment for proper growth and development.
If it’s time to get your child ready for the upcoming school year, start with a school physical! For more information about school physicals and other wellness topics, call Pediatrics at 1180 in Brookline, MA, today!
Childhood asthma is more common than you might think. In fact, it is the most common chronic disorder in children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition that causes swelling within the airways, making it different for your little one to breathe. How do you know if your child might have asthma? The telltale signs include:
- Trouble or difficulty breathing
- Wheezing or whistling when breathing in
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing that often gets worse at night
- Fatigue, especially with exercise or play
If your child is experiencing or complaining about any of these symptoms it’s important that you schedule an appointment with a pediatrician as soon as possible. It’s important to write down the exact symptoms your little one has been experiencing, particularly because their symptoms may not be present during their evaluation. If you have a family history of asthma, this is something that your child’s pediatrician will want to know.
During the evaluation your doctor will also perform a physical exam, taking time to listen to both the heart and the lungs for signs of asthma. Sometimes a test known as spirometry will be used to test the lung function (this is most common in children over the age of 6 years old). This test is used to measure how much air is in the lungs and how quickly your child can exhale. Other tests may also be performed to check for other health issues that could be exacerbating your child’s asthma symptoms such as a sinus infection.
Asthma is serious and requires medication to keep this problem under control. While there is no cure for asthma, your pediatrician’s goal for asthma treatment is to prevent the severity and frequency of asthma attacks. We want to prevent your little one from having to rush to the hospital for a severe attack. Luckily, there are medications that your children’s doctor can prescribe to lessen asthma symptoms.
The type of asthma medication your child receives will depend on several factors including age. Infants and toddlers may require inhaled steroids to control asthma symptoms. The dosage will also change depending on your child’s age. Along with long-term medications that will be taken every day to help control symptoms and keep inflammation down there are fasting-acting medications that your child will also be prescribed (e.g. albuterol), which is only used when your little one feels an attack coming on. Before any medication is given to your child, your pediatrician will talk to both you and your little one about how to use asthma medication properly.
Your child is growing by leaps and bounds, so it should go without saying that the foods they consume can provide ample energy and fuel their mind and body, or they can cause deficiencies, mood swings, sluggishness, and health problems. Your child’s nutrition is of the utmost importance and establishing healthy eating habits early on can greatly benefit your child for both the short-term and for the future.
With childhood obesity still being a very serious and real problem in our country, it’s never too early to start your child eating a healthy, balanced diet. It’s amazing how what you eat can either help or harm your health. Here are some tips to support good nutrition in your little one.
Don’t Forget Breakfast
While busy parents might forget to eat first thing in the morning (or turn to coffee to get that burst of energy) growing children should not skip out on breakfast. Making sure they have a hearty protein-rich breakfast will help them stay fuller longer. Greek yogurt or eggs can be a great source of protein. Couple that with whole grains and some veggies and you have the ultimate, energized breakfast.
Let Your Child Be an Active Participant
If you just tell your child what to eat all the time it’s can be far more challenging to have them eat what they should and children don’t really understand for themselves why certain foods are good for them. Getting your child actively involved in their own nutrition is a great and invaluable lesson that they will carry with them throughout life. Let them choose their favorite fruits and vegetables. Plant a garden together and show them how to tend to herbs and vegetables. Make cooking together a priority and enjoy time with the family while teaching your child how to cook.
Revamp Your Diet
We know that it can be difficult to completely transition your child into a healthier lifestyle, particularly if eating habits haven’t been the best so far; however, a pediatrician can help guide you through the process to help you make simple decisions that could greatly improve your child’s diet. Simply swapping out certain unhealthy options for healthier ones might be all you need. For example, replace soda with flavored water, ice cream with yogurt, and potato chips with mixed nuts.
Sugar in Moderation
Okay, we know it’s impossible to prevent your child from ever consuming sugar (after all, what’s a birthday party without the birthday cake?); however, you should limit how much sugar your child consumes each day. Keep sodas, sports drinks, desserts and the like out of the house to prevent temptation. Sure, these treats aren’t that bad for you when consumed sparingly, but we all know the negative effect sugar has on our physical and mental health.
If you have questions about your child’s nutritional habits or their health, it’s important that you have a pediatrician that you trust to provide you with the comprehensive and understanding care you and your little one need. Turn to a pediatrician today to have all your questions and concerns addressed regarding your child’s nutrition and lifestyle.
Your child awoke in the middle of the night complaining that they didn’t feel well. Your first reaction is to put your hand up to their forehead to see if they have a fever. Of course, if their head feels warm the next step is to take their temperature to see if they are actually running a fever. While most children will experience a fever at some point, it’s important to know when you can treat the problem at home and when you need to visit a pediatrician immediately.
Most of the time a fever isn’t anything to worry about, especially if your child is otherwise healthy. A fever is the body’s way of fighting off the infection, after all; however, there are instances in which you will want to call your children’s doctor to find out whether you need to come in for care.
We believe in a parent’s intuition, so if it seems like something just isn’t right, you should give us a call and find out if your child’s symptoms or behaviors are something that need to be handled right away. Your child’s exact temperature and their age are two very important factors when it comes to whether or not your child should receive medical attention.
It’s important to call your pediatrician if your baby is under 3 months old and has a temperature of 100.4 F or higher. A baby between the ages of 3 to 6 months old that has a fever of 101 F or higher (or has a fever that lasts more than a day) should also see a pediatric doctor. If your child is between the ages of 6 months and one year old and has a temperature at or above 103 F or has a fever lasting more than a day, give us a call.
Other times to call a pediatrician include:
- A high fever that lasts more than a day in children who are 1 to 2 years old
- A child that has a fever of 104 F or higher (age does not matter in this case)
- A fever that is accompanied by vomiting or diarrhea
- Signs of dehydration along with a fever
- A fever that is also accompanied by a rash
- Children who have weak or compromised immune systems and develop a fever
If your child’s fever doesn’t require a visit to your pediatrician you can try applying warm compresses or bathing your child in lukewarm water to help ease their symptoms. Never use cold water or ice to bring down a fever.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician to find out what you should do about your child’s fever.