Asthma Specialist

Liberty Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Liberty Park, Vestavia, AL

According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 8.4% of American children are living with asthma. This is a chronic condition that can have a significant impact on your child’s life, but working with a skilled pediatrician like Riley Livingston, MD, of Liberty Pediatrics in the Liberty Park area of Vestavia, Alabama, can help your child manage their asthma and live a healthy and active life. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to learn more.

Asthma Q & A

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that makes it hard to move air into and out of your lungs. The disease is characterized by inflammation that narrows the airways. It’s also a leading cause of emergency room visits and missed school. 

There is no cure for asthma, but a comprehensive care plan can help manage your child’s symptoms and allow them to live a normal, active life. The first step is determining if your child’s symptoms are caused by asthma or another condition. 

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma can cause a number of different symptoms, and your child may not exhibit all of those signs. Some things to keep an eye out for include:

  • Coughing that increases at night
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Quickly becoming fatigued during physical activity
  • Complaints of chest pain or a feeling of pressure in the chest
  • Daytime moodiness

Some kids only have mild symptoms, and they might only show up at certain times, like during outdoor play or when they have a cold. In other cases, symptoms are always present and can make it hard to participate in normal daily activities. 

What can be done to treat childhood asthma?

Dr. Livingston works with you and your child to create a customized treatment plan that aligns with your child’s health needs and lifestyle. Part of that process is learning to identify triggers that make asthma worse.

Many children who have asthma also have allergies, which can exacerbate airway inflammation.  If seasonal pollen levels, pet dander, or exposure to cigarette smoke worsen your child’s symptoms, it’s important to learn to avoid those triggers to the greatest extent possible. 

Medication may also play a role in your child’s treatment plan. Some drugs work to quickly open the airways while others reduce inflammation over a longer period of time. These drugs come in liquid, oral, or inhalable formulations. 

There are other treatments that can help your child manage their asthma. Part of the treatment process involves educating your child on how to care for their own health, both now and into adulthood. 

If you have questions about asthma diagnostic or treatment services, call or book an appointment at Liberty Pediatrics today.