Asthma Care in West Hills
There isn't a single test or way to tell if your child has asthma. Your doctor must take the child through a series of tests to ascertain that the symptoms your child is showing have been caused by asthma.
Before taking your child to the clinic for asthma testing, ensure you have your family's medical records and the child's medical history at hand because the doctor will need it. The first step when checking for asthma in your child will depend on their medical and allergy histories as well as your family history for asthma.
Asthma tests will be conducted in the latter stages of the diagnosis appointment. The tests are usually done to evaluate breathing.
There are three main tests:
Spirometry - In this test, your child will be asked to breathe into a mouthpiece for as long and as fast as they can to check if their lungs are working properly
Peak flow – Your child will be asked to blow into a peak flow meter – a plastic tube used to measure how fast one can breathe
Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide test - This too involves the child breathing out a continuous steady breath into a Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide (FeNO) machine used to detect inflammation in airways.
Having your child checked for asthma is very important even if the suspected asthma symptoms are eventually attributed to another condition and not asthma. It will be a chance to have your child begin treatment for the condition they have been diagnosed with.
If your instincts were right and your child is found to have asthma, the doctor will recommend treatment to suppress symptoms begins immediately.
The most significant role for you as a parent is to ensure your child gets checked for asthma. The doctor will pick from there.
Schedule an appointment with Kids & Teens Medical Group today for your child to be checked for asthma.