Immediate Care For A Child’s Asthma Attack

It can be difficult to ascertain if your very young child has asthma, so it’s important to watch for symptoms, note when they occur, and report those to PediatriCare of Northern Virginia. Our offices treat asthma. An asthma attack in a young child can be quite frightening, and the immediate care for a child’s asthma attack can prevent a life threatening situation.

Does My Child Have Asthma?

Young children and toddlers can’t often tell you what hurts, but parents can observe symptoms and react accordingly. A young child with asthma will exhibit many symptoms and their frequency and recurrence will give you the answer to this question.

When children are young, a head or chest cold can inflame their small bronchial tubes making them smaller, and leading to some of these symptoms:

  • Frequent head and chest colds
  • Coughing especially at night and a cough that lingers
  • A wheezing or whistling sound especially when breathing out
  • Fast breathing that causes the skin around ribs and neck to pull in or retract
  • Symptoms show up around smoke, strong odors, or around allergens

Preparations For An Asthma Attack

girl using asthma inhaler

Six million children in the US have this chronic lung disease known as asthma, and knowing what to do during an attack is crucial. How you treat an attack depends on the severity and frequency of the symptoms.

For fast relief from an attack, always have the child’s inhaler with you. An attack can flare up at any time. In general, you want to prevent any inflammation of the airways and prevent any attacks in the long term by taking daily medications.

Children can use both an inhaler and an inhaler with a spacer which makes sure all the medication reaches the lungs. In addition, a nebulizer uses a compressor tubing and a mask to deliver the proper meds.

Teach Your Child What To Do

If your young one is old enough to recognize the symptoms, they can learn to use their inhaler by themselves. Help them understand that at the first sign of a problem, especially wheezing, they should begin treatment. The sooner they begin treatment, the sooner they will feel better.

Provide Information For All Caregivers

Be sure your child’s school teachers, coaches, and the school nurse are all aware of the situation. Give them extra medication to keep on hand in case of an emergency. Help them understand that at the first sign of wheezing or shortness of breath, your child needs an inhaler with a spacer so they receive 2 times the amount of medication into their lungs.

Stay Calm

Have an action plan in place, and follow all the steps.

As always, if your child is showing symptoms of asthma, please call PediatriCare of Northern Virginia at (703) 330-3939 or request an appointment online for an evaluation

COVID-19 Update : How We Keep YOU Safe

We have always been committed to ensuring your child’s health and well-being regardless of what the world throws at us as a “village” Exceptional circumstances require innovative processes to keep your family safe. It’s our commitment to you and our community. Here’s how we honor that commitment

****CURBSIDE CHECK IN****
Schedule your appt, tell us you want curbside check in. Let us do the navigation for you. Let us know you are here, proceed into the building to our suite and you will be met by a staff member upon arrival and immediately escorted to your personal exam room in our office bypassing the normal check in process. Our families love it!

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****Video Appointments****
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****Split Schedule****
Well checks ONLY in the morning bright and early is the perfect time to make sure your child is getting the preventative care they need!

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****Reduced traffic flow in the common areas of the building and our office****
Several practices in the building have consolidated locations out of our building which means there is a significant decrease in activity in the hallways. The Fitness Center is also closed! People are practicing strict social distancing too. Plenty of parking, non crowded hallways and elevators where people don’t jump in with one another. It’s a win/win.

****We take care of ourselves so we can care for you****
We have always followed scientifically established protocols to ensure that our facility is clean and our staff is healthy, now more than ever, rest assured that our processes for infection control are superior and our commitment to minimizing risk is unwavering. We are happy to report that the entire staff has remained healthy during this pandemic because of the exceptional commitment we have, as part of your village, to adhering to CDC guidelines both at work and during our time off.

We miss you, we miss the kids and we are ALWAYS here for you and committed to keeping you safe.