uncover your legs - learning about varicose vein treatmentsuncover your legs - learning about varicose vein treatments


About Me

uncover your legs - learning about varicose vein treatments

Are you tired of hiding your legs through the summer because of those unsightly spider veins? Did you know that you do not have to continue hiding your legs? I had no idea that any procedure existed that could remove the varicose veins on my legs. I had suffered and sweated through many hot summers, missed out on many events with my kids, and had been embarrassed for so many years. Since having the procedure done, my life has changed. You can find the answers to the same questions that I had on my site. These answers will make getting the procedure completed an easy decision for you to make.

Tags

Archive

Could Your Preschool Child Have Asthma? What To Do

If you've noticed your toddler or preschooler having coughing spells or appearing to be out of breath a lot, you would naturally be concerned about this. Asthma has been on the rise, and medical researchers aren't entirely sure why. There is speculation that it could be due to exposure to second-hand smoke, air pollution, allergies to modern materials, or lowered immune system function. Asthma is a serious condition, so early diagnosis and treatment are vital.

Diagnosis

Asthma occurs more frequently with children who have a family history of allergies or asthma, had a low birth weight, have eczema, or have been frequently exposed to tobacco smoke. They will have coughing spells at night or while playing during the day.  Other signs and symptoms may present that include:

  • Frequent shortness of breath, especially during play.

  • Complaints that their chest "hurts" or feels funny (tight).

  • Rapid or labored breathing and/or wheezing (whistling sound).

  • Dark circles under the eyes.

  • Lack of appetite.

  • Tight chest muscles.

  • Complaining that their head hurts, frequently.

  • Recurring bronchitis.

To diagnose asthma, your child's pediatrician will ask you questions about the child's family history, signs and symptoms, environment, and allergies. He/she will also listen to your child's lungs as part of the exam.

To aid in diagnosis, it would be helpful to the doctor if you kept a record of times the child experienced the symptoms and any other particulars surrounding the incidents. With these things, a diagnosis may be made, but X-rays, allergy testing, and blood draws may be ordered to identify triggers and to rule out other conditions.

Treatment

Treatment is tricky for small children, so the pediatrician can prescribe certain medicines and therapies and then ask you to track how well they are working for your child. This will help in determining proper dosage and what combination of treatments are most effective.

Medicine often prescribed can include:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids,

  • Montelucast, to work with the corticosteroids,

  • A combination of corticosteroids and a long-acting beta agonist (LABA), and/or

  • A bronchodilator such as albuterol will also be prescribed for short term relief, but very frequent use indicates that more or different medications may be needed.

A small child may be taught to use an inhaler, but regular daily (or nightly) treatments will involve using a nebulizer with a face mask.

Basically anything your child is sensitive or allergic to can trigger an attack, so track these incidents along with what the child was exposed to at the time. Reactions can be caused by pet dander, secondhand smoke, outdoor air pollution, seasonal allergies, dust mites and more.

Reminders

Caring for a small child with asthma can be stressful at times. There are groups available to offer support and tips for coping, and you can find them by doing an online search or the physician can advise you of local groups.

Be sure to track signs, symptoms, and effects of medicines to aid the pediatrician in diagnosis and effective treatment. Also, learn to monitor your child's environment and activities to avoid triggering an attack. Give medical treatments regularly as directed by the physician, and take advantage of support wherever you can find it. Finally, you should seek emergency medical treatment for your child if he/she is gasping for air or otherwise appears to be in serious distress.