Asthma affects as many as 6.2 million children under the age of 18. As a parent, watching your child struggle to breathe because of asthma can be overwhelming. Experienced pediatrician, Eliézer Hernández, MD, PA, and his pediatric team understands the impact asthma can have on the life of a child and offer comprehensive asthma care at Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic. The team offers on-site diagnostics and long-term treatment plans designed to protect your child’s overall health. Learn more about your options for treating your child’s asthma by calling the Eagle Pass, Texas, office today or scheduling an appointment online now.
Asthma is a chronic condition causing inflammation in the airways that bring oxygen from the mouth into the lungs. This inflammation makes it difficult for your child to breathe and can result in other symptoms that interfere with your child’s health.
In many cases, airway inflammation results after exposure to an allergen, such as dust or mold. Some children can develop exertional asthma, airway inflammation that develops during physical activity and exercise.
Children that have a family history of asthma and allergies may be at increased risk for asthma. Your child may also develop asthma if they experience frequent infections in their upper respiratory system.
Asthma symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:
Some children may be prone to severe asthma attacks requiring immediate medical intervention to prevent additional health complications, including death.
Your Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic provider does in-office diagnostic testing for asthma. They initially perform a physical exam of your child’s overall health and reviews their symptoms to determine if breathing issues are related to asthma or allergies.
A simple test, known as a spirometry, is useful for evaluating shortness of breath and other breathing difficulties. The test requires that your child blows into a device that measures how much air their lungs can hold and how fast your child can inhale and exhale.
The Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic doctors may also recommend allergy testing to better understand your child’s allergy and asthma triggers.
While there is no cure for asthma, the doctors at Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic create a management plan for reducing allergy symptoms and preventing long-term health complications.
Some children may need daily medications to prevent asthma attacks. Your child may also need inhaled medications on an as-needed basis to reduce airway inflammation quickly.
If your child has allergy-induced asthma, the medical team at Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic can work closely with you on a treatment plan to avoid triggers.
If asthma attacks result because of physical activity, your provider may recommend lifestyle changes and limiting activities that may trigger breathing problems.
If your child struggles to breathe due to chronic asthma, schedule a consultation with Yeled Shalom Pediatric Clinic today using the online booking feature or by calling the office now.