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By Mundelein Pediatrics
February 18, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Asthma  

Learn more about your child’s asthma and how to manage their symptoms.

Do you have questions for our Grayslake, IL, pediatricians about asthma? Whether your child has been diagnosed with asthma or you are wondering if your child might have asthma, our doctors at Mundelein Pediatrics have the answers you’re looking for to find out if it’s time to bring your child in for a checkup.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder that causes inflammation within the lining of the airways of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe properly.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

The most common symptoms include,

  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing that gets worse at night
  • Easily out of breath
  • Fatigued
  • Winded from activity

What causes asthma?

You’re more likely to have asthma if you have a family history of asthma, allergies or eczema; however, there are many asthma triggers including,

  • Common cold
  • Respiratory infection
  • Exercise
  • Cold weather
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Perfumes
  • Environmental pollutants

It’s important to figure out what triggers an asthma attack in your child so you can avoid it, whenever possible.

Will asthma go away?

While it is possible for some kids to grow out of their symptoms, most of the time asthma will come back later on. While there is no cure for asthma there are medications that our Grayslake, IL, children’s doctor can prescribe to help control inflammation of the airways to reduce the chances of an attack.

What types of medications are used to treat asthma?

There are two main types of asthma medications prescribed. One is a preventive inhaler, which is used daily to control inflammation and airway constriction while another is a fast-acting relief inhaler that is only used when your child notices early warning signs of an asthma attack.

While this medication is necessary for the rest of your child’s life your doctor may lower the dosage if your child hasn’t experienced symptoms for three months with these medications. Some children only require a preventive inhaler but not a relief inhaler.

Are you looking for a pediatrician in Grayslake, IL, to help your child manage their asthma symptoms and to provide them with comprehensive and preventive care? If so, Mundelein Pediatrics is here to help. Call our office today at (847) 548-7337.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
January 16, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Asthma  

While there is no cure for asthma, there are ways to manage your child’s asthma symptoms and to reduce the risk for a flare-up. Of course, to be able to properly control your child’s asthma it’s important to understand more about this condition and what triggers your child’s symptoms. A pediatrician will be a valuable asset when it comes to discussing asthma treatment options and addressing any concerns that you might have.

Know Your Child’s Triggers

There are a variety of environmental elements and conditions that can also trigger airway inflammation and lead to an asthma attack. It’s important to figure out what your child’s triggers are so you can avoid them as much as possible. Of course, this is something that your pediatrician can help you determine as well. Common triggers include:

  • Outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold
  • Indoor allergens such as pet dander
  • Viral infections
  • Exercise
  • Weather changes

Stick With Your Plan

Once a pediatrician has diagnosed your child with asthma, the next step is to create an asthma management plan (also referred to as an action plan). This plan is designed based on your child’s specific triggers to minimize the severity and the frequency of your child’s flare-ups, which also reduces the need for emergency medical care. So, what’s including in an asthma action plan? Here’s what should be in your child’s action plan:

  • The medications prescribed to your child, along with how much they take and when they should take them
  • Possible triggers
  • Pinpointing the early signs of asthma flare-ups and what to do when they occur
  • How to handle an asthma attack
  • When to seek immediate medical attention

Take Medications as Directed

Medication is the most common way to manage asthma symptoms. Your pediatrician will prescribe a long-term controlling medication that your child will use daily to reduce airway swelling. When signs of a flare-up appear, a quick-acting inhaler can reduce swelling and prevent it from getting worse.

Know Signs of a Flare-up

Once your child has experienced a couple of flare-ups you’ll begin to pick up the warning signs so that you can start to recognize when another one might occur. These warning signs might come in the form of a persistent cough or wheezing. When these symptoms appear it’s important to have your child’s medication readily available.

If your child is showing symptoms and warning signs of asthma it’s important that you bring them in for an immediate medical checkup. Call your pediatrician today to learn more about ways to help your child better control their asthma symptoms.

By Mundelein Pediatrics
November 26, 2019
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Asthma  

Is your child having trouble breathing? Discover the warning signs of asthma.

Do you notice that your child seems particularly out of breath or strains to breathe after playing outside? Does your child get tired easily or Asthmado you notice them coughing more often? Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood disorders and it’s time to talk to one of our Grayslake, IL, pediatricians at at Mundelein Pediatrics right away if your baby or child is displaying one or more of these symptoms,

  • A persistent cough that may be exacerbated by exercise
  • A cough that is worse at night
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when your child breathes
  • Gasping for air or using their body to breathe (e.g. shrugging their shoulders)
  • Rapid or fast breathing
  • Complaining of a tight chest

While you may not want to panic or worry yourself over nothing, if you notice that your child has trouble breathing or is acting unusual they should absolutely be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid to let our receptionist know what’s going on with your child and the symptoms they are experiencing. Knowing that your child could be dealing with a potentially serious problem ensures that they get the immediate care they need.

 

Signs of an Emergency

It’s also important to recognize the signs that your child may be having an asthma attack. In this case, you should call 911 rather than seeing a pediatrician if you notice,

  • Your child’s ribs stick out
  • They are sucking their tummy in to help them breathe
  • They can’t finish sentences because they are having trouble catching their breath

 

Treating Asthma

While there isn’t a cure for childhood asthma, our Grayslake, IL, children’s doctors can work with you or you to determine the right treatment plan to manage your child’s symptoms. This usually involves avoiding or limiting exposure to triggers such as,

  • Cold weather
  • Viral infections (e.g. cold)
  • Smoke and pollutants
  • Allergies (e.g. pollen; mold; pet dander)
  • Exercise

Since there are certain triggers that can’t be avoided completely (e.g. exercise) it’s also important that your child can manage their symptoms through regular medication. There are two main types of asthma medication: long-term control and quick-relief. The control medication is used every day to reduce airway inflammation while the quick-relief medication is used only when symptoms of an attack appear.

 

If you are concerned that your child might have asthma then it’s time to call Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL at (847) 548-7337 to schedule an evaluation.

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
April 09, 2018
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Asthma  

Find out why a pediatrician is the medical expert you need to manage your child’s asthma symptoms.asthma

If you suspect that your child has asthma it’s important that you turn to one of our Grayslake, IL, pediatricians not just for a diagnosis but also for the care your little one deserves. Asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood disorders and an asthma attack can be serious and even life-threatening, so it’s important that your child receives the proper asthma care to keep their symptoms under control.

First and foremost, it’s important that if you haven’t already that you bring your child in for an evaluation to determine whether or not they have asthma. If you’ve been bringing your little one in for routine checkups then chances are good that we will be able to detect asthma early on. Once our Grayslake children’s doctors have diagnosed your little one we will get to work developing a plan that will help lessen the frequency and severity of your child’s asthma symptoms.

Once we create an action plan we want to make sure this is a plan that you will follow. We will give you clear instructions on how to avoid certain asthma triggers, how to pinpoint signs of an asthma attack and what you should do to treat symptoms when they arise. It’s important that once you have this detailed plan that you stick to it. If you have any questions along the way, as we assume you might, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

While we will provide your child with medications to control symptoms and manage flare-ups, there are also non-medicinal ways to reduce your child’s symptoms. For example, there are certain things that can trigger asthma such as cigarette smoke, cold air, or pollen. We can work with you to determine what might be triggering your child’s asthma symptoms so that you can do your best to avoid these triggers whenever possible. While we know that some of these triggers can’t be avoided 100 percent of the time, knowing what these triggers are can help reduce your child’s exposure to them.

The most common medicines used to treat asthma are control medications and a quick-relief inhaler. Control medications are long-term medications used daily to reduce inflammation within the airways and to control your child’s asthma symptoms. This medication is used for daily maintenance of your child’s asthma.

A quick-relief inhaler, also referred to as a rescue inhaler, is only used for situations in which symptoms flare-up and your child needs instant relief. These medications are short-acting and aren’t used every day (only as needed).

If you want to talk to us about ways to reduce your child’s asthma attacks and to help them lead the healthiest life possible then turn to the expert team at Mundelein Pediatrics in Grayslake, IL.