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Effective Asthma Management for Your Little One

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Multimodal Approach for Asthma Relief

Over 6.2 million children under the age of 18 live with asthma. Without proper care, asthma can affect your child’s ability to participate in everyday activities, like recess and sports practice. While there’s no treatment for asthma, seeking medical care to manage symptoms can significantly improve your little one’s quality of life. Dr. Ricafort and her team have years of experience diagnosing and monitoring asthma and offer personalized treatments to boost respiratory health.

Smyrn’s Leaders in Pediatric Respiratory Health

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Asthma is a serious, chronic respiratory condition that affects the airways, causing them to swell, narrow, and produce excess mucus. With this reduced capacity, breathing can become difficult, and many people experience asthma attacks if the airway becomes too inflamed. This exacerbation can cause wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. 

Every case of asthma is different and can vary widely in severity. Some children rarely notice their asthma, while others may need medication to play sports without experiencing shortness of breath. No matter what asthma symptoms your child is experiencing, the team at Smyrna Pediatrics is here to help your child breathe easier.

Common Symptoms of Asthma

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Trouble sleeping


Frequently Asked Questions

How do you diagnose asthma?
If our specialists suspect your child may have asthma, we complete a physical exam, review medical history, and ask questions about your child’s symptoms. A lung function test, like spirometry or peak flow monitoring, may be used to evaluate symptoms. Both tests are painless and help our team check your child’s respiratory health.
How do you treat asthma?
While there is currently no treatment for asthma, a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medications can help you manage symptoms. By pinpointing your child’s asthma triggers, we can identify methods to reduce symptoms. For example, our providers may prescribe allergy shots or medication to prevent allergies if allergies trigger your child's asthma.
Is asthma genetic?
Studies are still ongoing, but there is a link between asthma and genetics. However, environmental factors play a significant role in asthma development, and no single gene is responsible for the condition.
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