Offered by Marian Amaranto, CPNP – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C.
Fall and Spring bring allergy symptoms for many children and teens. Allergies can also trigger asthma symptoms. Mild asthma symptoms can be difficult to recognize.
These symptoms include:
- Night time coughing more than 2 times a week.
- Coughing and/or shortness of breath with or after exercise.
- Needing a rescue inhaler (albuterol, pro-air, Ventolin) more than 2 times a week.
Children may not complain of these symptoms. If you notice that your child often stops to rest, quits playing before other children, or coughs and is short of breath after exercise, he/she should be checked by a health care provider.
Children and teens, even those with asthma, should be able to run and play and keep up with their peers. They should be able to play sports without difficulty if they are getting the correct treatment for their symptoms.
Treatment for asthma symptoms may include medicines other than a rescue inhaler. These may be used only during an allergy season, such as spring or fall. Some children only need treatment occasionally. For some, treating the allergy symptoms is enough.
Proper treatment of asthma symptoms reduces the chance of long lasting breathing problems. Some children outgrow asthma symptoms. This is much more likely to happen with proper control and treatment of their symptoms.
The best long term outcome for kids with asthma happens when their symptoms are kept under control all the time.
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