Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated August 23, 2013)
Pediatric asthma can be a fairly scary prospect for both children and their parents. One way to help reduce that fear, and the tension associated with it, is by understanding what the triggers, symptoms, and possible tests can include. Here is a bit of information about these topics to help you become a bit more familiar with what you can expect from this version of the disease.
Symptoms. There are several common symptoms that you can expect to see in someone that has pediatric asthma. Many of these symptoms are similar to those that are seen in adult versions of asthma, but here is a brief list of the more common of the symptoms.
Triggers. Just as with adult asthma, there are some rather common triggers that you can expect to set off an asthma attack. By knowing what these triggers are, you can potentially avoid an asthma attack. In addition, by knowing what the common triggers are, you can notice if any of the asthma symptoms show up after being exposed to the trigger. Make note of any coincidences, and discuss them with your child's doctor.
Tests. There are a few tests that a doctor will perform to ascertain whether or not your child is suffering from pediatric asthma. Here are some of the more common tests, as well as a brief description of what those tests can include.
If you do believe that your child has pediatric asthma, then you really should discuss your options with a pediatrician. In addition to helping you determine whether or not your child does have it, the pediatrician can also help you plan out an effective treatment plan. Furthermore, by discussing the situation with your pediatrician you can also figure out how your child can have as normal of a life as possible.
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