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How your pediatricians can help if your child has asthma.
Asthma signs and symptoms can be more dramatic in children because a child’s airways are smaller, so symptoms can be more severe. Your pediatrician can help your child feel better. The pediatricians at Longwood Pediatrics in Longwood, Florida Dr. Jag Ambwani and Dr. Dolly Ubhrani offer comprehensive care for children, including asthma treatment. They proudly serve residents of Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, and Maitland.
It’s common for children to have allergies which can bring on asthma symptoms. Exposure to common allergens like plant or flower pollens, pet dander, dust, and mold can bring on a variety of asthma signs and symptoms like these:
- Wheezing and severe coughing
- Breathing problems
- Chronic bronchitis
- A tightness in the chest
Infants and toddlers can’t tell you what’s wrong, so be on the lookout for signs and symptoms like these:
- Slow feeding
- Breathing difficulties while feeding
- Less running or playing due to breathing problems
- Tiring quickly or coughing while active
- Colds and other viruses lasting longer than usual
Asthma can also result in a life-threatening situation, so seek out emergency treatment immediately if your child is:
- Gasping for air or having severe trouble breathing
- Not speaking due to difficulty breathing
If you believe your child may be suffering from asthma, your pediatrician may recommend:
- Testing lung function with spirometry, peak flow measurement, and nitric oxide
- Using rescue inhalers for short-term relief
- Taking asthma medications for long-term relief
- Treating underlying allergies with sublingual immunotherapy and other medications
You should also monitor your child’s environment and keep your child away from cigarette or cigar smoke and allergy triggers.
Your pediatrician can help you and your child feel better about dealing with asthma. To find out more about asthma causes, symptoms, and treatments, call the pediatricians at Longwood Pediatrics at (407) 644-9970, in Longwood, Florida, serving residents of Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, and Maitland, Florida. Call today.
Have you scheduled your child's sports physical yet? An pre-participation physical exam is a must if your son or daughter plans to participate in sports this year. Your Longwood, FL, pediatricians serving the Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland, and Lake Mary, FL, areas Drs. Jag Ambwani, Nancy Zuker, and Dolly Ubhrani, offer sports physicals at Longwood Pediatrics.
Why are sports physicals needed?
Problems that could affect your child's health aren't always obvious. For example, the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma or vocal cord dysfunction may only appear when your son or daughter participates in strenuous activities. Both conditions make breathing while exercising difficult.
During your child's sports physical, the pediatrician will look for signs and symptoms that may affect your son or daughter's ability to safely participate in sports.
Although heart-related conditions probably spring to mind when you think about sports' issues, pediatricians also look for other health problems, such as high blood pressure, scoliosis and joint instabilities.
In many cases, children can play sports even if a health problem is diagnosed, although they may need special modifications. Kids who have asthma may need more frequent breaks, while sports that don't strain or hyperextend the spine may be the best option for children who have scoliosis.
During the physical, your child's Longwood, FL, pediatrician serving the Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland, and Lake Mary, FL, areas will:
- Check height and weight and measure your child's blood pressure
- Examine your son or daughter's nose, throat, ears, joints, muscle, and posture
- Perform a basic vision test
- Check your child's heart and lungs
- Evaluate previous injuries
- Ask questions about health history, conditions, and diseases
The physical also offers the perfect opportunity to discuss good health habits that will help your child succeed on the playing field or court. The discussion may include tips for healthy eating, safe training routines, use of protective gear, and information on the dangers of alcohol and drugs, including performance-enhancing drugs.
Most children are cleared to play sports after a sports physical. If your child's pediatrician is concerned about an illness or injury, the problem may need to be successfully treated or managed before participation is recommended.
Sports physicals help protect your child's health. Call Your Longwood, FL, pediatrician serving Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Maitland, and Lake Mary, FL, areas , Drs. Jag Ambwani, Nancy Zuker, and Dolly Ubhrani of Longwood Pediatrics at (407) 644-9970 to schedule your child's physical.