Pediatricians located in Los Gatos, CA
About 6.2 million children suffer from asthma in the United States. South Bay children who are among this population can turn to LG Pediatrics in Los Gatos, California, for diagnosis and medical management of chronic and acute asthma. Make an appointment for your child with their experienced team, Dr. Belinda Milford, Dr. Iris Li, or Dr. Joseph Gali by calling LG Pediatrics.
Asthma Q & A
What are the symptoms of asthma in a child?
Asthma varies in intensity and shows up differently in each child. Have your child evaluated if they show any of the following symptoms:
- Chronic cough or frequent, uncontrolled spells of coughing
- Wheezing in the chest
- Labored or rapid breathing
- Complaints of chest pain
- Feelings of weakness and fatigue and less energy during play
- Shortness of breath
Asthma can begin at any age, but children with the condition display symptoms by age 5.
What puts a child at risk of developing asthma?
Children are often at risk of developing asthma if others in the family have it. Other risk factors include:
- Nasal allergies or eczema
- Low birth weight
- Black or Puerto-Rican ethnicity
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
- Children from lower income environments
How is asthma diagnosed?
The doctors at LG Pediatrics consider your child’s entire medical history and symptoms. You, the parent, and your child must describe in detail the symptoms that raise concern, including any wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
A lung X-ray and a simple lung function test, known as spirometry, also help the doctors diagnose asthma. Spirometry provides a measure of the amount of air that’s present in the lungs and how fast it’s exhaled.
How is asthma treated?
The doctors at LG Pediatrics will help you identify the triggers for your child’s asthma so you can avoid them as much as possible. Certain medications – both inhaled and oral – also help children manage their symptoms.
You’ll receive a written plan that explains warning signs and what to do when symptoms start. This plan is helpful to have at home, and to provide to a school nurse and any other caregivers, so your child is always protected.
What does medical management of asthma entail?
The goal of managing asthma is to help your child enjoy an active and normal life. The doctors at LG Pediatrics want to prevent your child from missing school days due to asthma and to avoid asthma symptoms at night. Long-term control with medications and management can prevent chronic, troublesome symptoms that interfere with daily activities and sports .
Dosage of asthma medications may need to be adjusted with the seasons – if seasonal allergies are a trigger – and as your child ages. This can help reduce the number of urgent care visits and keep your child feeling good year round.