Louisville, Kentucky, is no stranger to allergies or asthma, so knowing what to look for in your child is important. Louisville is the fifth most challenging city to live with asthma, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s “Asthma Capitals 2018” report. Louisville is also the city with the highest prevalence of asthma, according to the report. Asthma can be controlled with medications and treatments, but many cases go undiagnosed. The condition can be confused with colds or allergies, especially in the spring.
If you answer “yes” to many of the following questions, talk to your child’s health care provider:
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- Does your child cough a lot at night or in the morning?
- Does your child wheeze or cough while exercising or playing?
- When exposed to dust, allergens, smoke or strong odors, does your child wheeze, cough or experience chest tightness?
- When your child has a cold, does it settle in the chest and take more than 10 days to clear up?
- Do you have to give your child cough medicine more than once a month?
- Has your child had pneumonia or bronchitis more than once in any given year?
“Asthma is a challenging and dynamic disease, often running in families and causing great morbidity and mortality,” said Mark A. Brockman Jr., M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Iroquois. “It can be difficult to control and confusing for parents and children to understand, especially when multiple medications are needed. Ask plenty of questions and work with your doctor to establish an asthma action plan.”