Asthma impacts the lung health of more than 3 million children in the United States. At Katy Pediatric Associates in Katy, Texas, the team of board-certified pediatricians, offers clinical evaluations for asthma. Tabassum Imam, MD, Asmaa Fotouh, MD, and Hebah Aboul-Fotouh, MD, are also skilled in managing pediatric asthma to prevent long-term health complications. They tailor treatment plans to meet your child’s needs and continue to monitor their lung health through routine checkups. Learn more about asthma services today by calling Katy Pediatric Associates or by requesting an appointment online now.
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the function of the lungs. Pediatric asthma is common among both infants and school-age children and may also continue into adulthood.
For kids with asthma, asthma occurs when the airways become inflamed, constrict, and produce excess mucus. Inflammation often causes shortness of breath and persistent coughing.
There are several factors that can trigger asthma-related symptoms like exposure to allergens (dust, pollen, pet dander) or viruses. Some children experience asthma symptoms when exposed to cold air or when engaged in physical activity.
In addition to shortness of breath and coughing, asthma can cause symptoms like:
For some children, an asthma attack can become a life-threatening situation that requires emergency treatment. If your child is struggling to breathe during a severe asthma attack, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room for immediate care.
The pediatric team offers an evaluation and will be able to determine if your symptoms are due to asthma or another underlying health issue.
While there’s no cure for asthma, the Katy Pediatric Associates team is well-equipped to ensure your child’s condition is well-managed.
Treating asthma generally requires short-acting medications that quickly reduce airway inflammation and constriction, so your child can breathe easier. These medicines are delivered through an inhaler device or a breathing machine. Additionally,
Treating asthma generally requires short-acting medications that quickly reduce airway inflammation and constriction, so your child can breathe easier. These medicines are delivered through an inhaler device or a breathing machine. Additionally, your child may need long-acting medications to prevent inflammation in the airways when their asthma symptoms are persistent or recurrent.
In addition to monitoring your child’s medication therapy, your Katy Pediatric Associates provider works closely with you on an emergency treatment plan for your child in the event of an asthma attack. They also provide guidance to ensure your child avoids allergy and asthma triggers and can recommend limiting certain physical activities that may cause an asthma attack.
In addition to your child’s routine wellness visits, you may need to schedule regular check-ups where your pediatrician evaluates the effectiveness of your child’s asthma medications and their overall lung function.
To learn more about options for treating pediatric asthma, contact Katy Pediatric Associates today online or by calling the office today.