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By Mundelein Pediatrics
May 08, 2019
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Asthma  

Asthma is a respiratory disease which impacts the lifestyles and well-being of millions of Americans. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation Asthmaof America says 8.3 percent of children in the United States have asthma, and as such, school days, sporting activities and more are missed. Is your child asthmatic? At Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL, asthma treatment takes top priority with our six pediatricians and their caring staff. Learn how they can help your child breathe well and function at his or her best.

What is asthma?

It's an inflammation of the airway which causes constriction, mucous production and characteristic wheezing, coughing and fatigue. Attacks can be sudden, brought on by triggers such as:

  • Cold weather
  • Exercise
  • Allergens such as pet dander, pollen, dust and more
  • Environmental pollution
  • Cigarette smoke
  • A cold or the flu
  • Stress and anxiety

 

Diagnosis and treatment

Symptoms and the results of a lung function test (spirometry) tell your Grayslake pediatrician if your child has asthma. Treatment includes careful monitoring of symptoms, including something called peak flow. Measured with a handheld spirometer, peak flow predicts if your child is taking in and blowing out sufficient air and if air exchange is increasing or decreasing. These numbers help determine the use of medications and how they are delivered.

Typical control medications include inhaled or nebulized corticosteroids to reduce lung inflammation. Rescue medications for sudden, acute attacks are also available.

Your pediatrician will help you formulate an asthma action plan to identify, track and manage your youngster's symptoms, minimizing sick days, improving oxygenation and reducing the need for rescue medications. It's a plan you should share with teachers, the school nurse, caregivers, coaches or other people who interact with your child on a daily basis.

 

What's the future?

It's bright when your child's doctor at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL helps you and your child stay on top of asthma and its symptoms. If you think your child may have asthma, or if you need help in gaining better control of your youngster's respiratory function, please contact us (847) 548-7337.


By Mundelein Pediatrics
May 03, 2019
Category: Health Conditions
Tags: Autism  

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or autism, is a developmental disability that can cause significant communication, communication, and behavioral challenges. The thinking, learning, and problem-solving abilities of individuals with autism can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some individuals with autism need only a bit of help in their daily lives; others need more. While there's no cure for autism, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.

Overview

ASD is the fastest growing serious, developmental disability, affecting an estimated one out of 59 kids in America. Autism begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society — at work, in school, and socially, for example. Often kids show symptoms of autism within the first year. Autism impacts how people perceive and socialize with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication.

Symptoms

Autism can look different in different people. Kids with autism have a hard time interacting with others. Social skills difficulties are some of the most common signs. A child with ASD might want to have close relationships but not know how. Most have some problems with communication. Kids with ASD also act in ways that seem unusual. Examples of this can include repetitive behaviors like jumping, hand-flapping, constant moving, fixations on certain objects, fussy eating habits, impulsiveness, and aggressive behavior.

Causes

The exact cause of ASD is not known, but it's believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Research shows that ASD tends to run in families. Changes in certain genes increase the risk that a child with develop autism. Research also shows that certain environmental influences may increase autism risk in people who are genetically predisposed to the disorder. Researchers are exploring whether certain factors such as medications, viral infections, or complications during pregnancy play a role in triggering ASD.

Treatment

Treatment options may include nutritional therapy, physical therapy, behavior and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies, and medications. No medication can improve the core signs of ASD, but specific medications can help control symptoms. For example, antipsychotic drugs are sometimes used to treat severe behavioral problems; certain medications may be prescribed if your child is hyperactive; and antidepressants may be prescribed for anxiety.


Autism can impact your child's quality of life. If you think your child may have autism, find a pediatrician near you and schedule a consultation. Proper diagnosis and treatment of autism can help your child live a happier, more successful life. The earlier children with autism get help, the greater their chance of treatment success.