Before we delve into some things about childhood asthma that you may not know, it’s important to point out that patients of all ages can be impacted by the condition.
But when it comes to children, childhood asthma is one of the leading causes of emergency room visits and hospitalizations in children. In fact, according to the American Lung Association, the condition affects over seven million children younger than 18 in the United States.
Here’s What A Lot of Parents Don’t Know About Asthma in Children
- The symptoms may seem to come and go without you being able to identify the triggers that cause them.
- Your child can have an allergic asthma attack without the presence of a wheeze.
- Although children do not grow out of asthma, there may be periods of time when asthma medications aren’t needed.
- Asthma can be found in every social and economic group — in other words, allergic asthma does not discriminate.
Asthma Attack Treatment
The bottom line about asthma is that anyone with the condition should always be prepared for emergency treatment at a medical facility such as Medco ER & Urgent Care. It’s important to bring your child in to be treated by us as soon as you see any sign of an asthma attack. Even if you believe that it’s not a medical emergency, the condition can worsen without you becoming aware of it and needs to be treated promptly.
How to Recognize an Asthma Emergency
Although the symptoms will vary between individuals, the following are some of the most common symptoms that we treat:
- Shortness of breath, even when immobile
- Wheezing when breathing both in and out
- Chest tightness and pressure
- Frequent Coughing
- Tightened neck and chest muscles
- Difficulty walking, talking or participating in normal activities
- Increased heart rate.
- Unexplained anxiety
- A bluish tint to lips and fingernails
- Unexplained exhaustion or confusion
- A “sunken in” appearance around the ribs
How Medco ER Can Help
If you think that your child may be having an asthma attack seek emergency medical help IMMEDIATELY. When it comes to childhood asthma, don’t wait for the symptoms to worsen – we’re here 24/7 to make sure every patient is taken care of. With little to no wait times, your child can get the help that they need as quickly as possible.