- Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Airway abnormalities
- Dysfunctional breathing
- Respiratory tract infections like bronchiolitis
When Should My Child Be Tested for Asthma?
Asthma is a common condition among both children and adults. An estimated 8-10 percent of all children suffer from asthma. The proper steps need to be taken in order to ensure your child's safety. Many symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing, but as stated they may be symptomatic of another issue. It is also recommended to test your child if they:
- Have a severe asthma episode
- Frequently have to visit urgent cares or emergency rooms
- Poor or no response to medications
- Experience conditions like chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and others that complicate asthma
If these symptoms persist or worsen, it is best to visit a healthcare provider. Our providers are experienced in diagnosing asthma through:
- Reviewing your child's medical history
- Physical exams
- Chest x-rays
Here at Tot N Teens, spirometry is not only used to diagnose asthma, but to maintain and follow up on the patient's asthma improvement. However, according to the American Pediatric Association, an estimated 80 percent of all children with asthma also have allergies, and while we at Tots N Teens do not test for allergies, we will refer our patients to allergy specialists if need.
If your child is experiencing any of the above, please contact Tots N Teens Pediatrics today and schedule an appointment for asthma testing. The sooner we pinpoint what the cause of the condition is the better. By taking the initiative to understand your child's asthma, you will be able to help them find relief. In many cases, asthma is actually caused by allergies, which can be confusing for some parents. Leave the guesswork behind and contact Tots N Teens Pediatrics today for accurate allergy testing.
To learn more about testing for asthma, please contact a Tots N Teens Pediatrics location nearest you and schedule an appointment.