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Spring has Sprung: Does Your Child Have Allergies or Asthma?
Published on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 (11:23 a.m.)HENDERSON, Nev. (March 25, 2013)¬- Now that spring has arrived, children across the Valley may wake up in the middle of the night with difficulty breathing. Parents are often left to wonder what it may be. Good Night Pediatrics, open every day from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. at 2651 N. Green Valley Pkwy., is there to help diagnose the problem, whether it’s a common cold or something more serious like allergies or asthma.
Ten to 12 percent of children in the U.S. are affected by asthma. With symptoms occurring at any age, most children with asthma experience symptoms by age five. Many factors can trigger asthma symptoms, and these triggers are different for every child. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out exactly what a child’s triggers are, but these triggers can be better identified by working with your doctor.
“Knowing what triggers your child’s asthma is extremely important,” Larry Blumenthal, CFO at Goodnight Pediatrics said. “For example, if pollen is a problem, then it is important for parents to keep the windows closed to control pollen levels and adjust outdoor activity accordingly.”
Allergies are one of the most common chronic illnesses among children under 18 years of age. As the trees and flowers begin to bloom this time of year, high pollen counts can aggravate allergy symptoms.
Symptoms of asthma and spring allergies are often similar. Asthma symptoms include coughing (especially at night), wheezing, shortness of breath as well as chest tightness, pain or pressure. Children suffering from allergies may experience a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes and nose. In addition, airborne allergies can also trigger asthma.
To help minimize allergy symptoms in children, here are some simple tips for parents from the doctors at Good Night Pediatrics:
1. Artificial Tears- By using artificial tears, eyes stay lubricated which can help with the irritation and itchiness.
2. Allergy Medication- Treating allergies daily with medication, such as Zyrtec, can help keep a child’s allergy symptoms under control. Zyrtec is approved for children six months and older. Please consult with your child’s pediatrician before using such medications on a regular basis.
3. Keeping Your House Pollen and Dust Free- Turn on the air conditioner and keep the doors and windows closed to help keep the pollen outside. When dusting, avoid dry dusting that can cause the dust to become airborne.
If parents have questions or concerns regarding their child’s symptoms, the pediatricians at Good Night Pediatrics recommend visiting a family physician or urgent care center.
About Good Night Pediatrics
Good Night Pediatrics is the Valley’s only all night urgent care clinic for kids. Open every night of the year from 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Good Night Pediatrics provides all night medical care for children, because no child should go to the emergency room unless it’s an emergency. Good Night Pediatrics is located at 2651 N. Green Valley Parkway, Suite 101D. For more information, call 702-939-6800 or visit www.goodnightpeds.com