Pediatric Care

Asthma Treatment for Children in Scranton, PA

Our experienced pediatricians in Scranton understand the challenges asthma can pose for children and their families, which is why we offer specialized asthma treatment to help manage this condition effectively.

With our collaborative and supportive approach to care, we work closely with you and your child to develop personalized asthma management plans tailored to your child’s unique needs. Our goal is to empower your child to live a full and active life while effectively managing their asthma symptoms.

At Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania, we combine the latest in health information technology with our years of pediatric experience to deliver the highest quality medical care for your child. Whether it’s ongoing asthma management, education on asthma triggers and prevention strategies, or emergency asthma care, you can trust our team to provide the highest quality of medical care available for your child. Call our pediatric clinic in Scranton at (570) 346-1464 to schedule an appointment.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult for air to pass through your lungs properly. It can start at any age and nearly 26 million Americans have asthma, 7 million of them being children. Unfortunately, there is no cure of asthma. However, with proper management, people living with asthma can live completely normal and healthy lives without asthma.

The Causes of Asthma

The swollen airways in the lungs become sensitive to certain triggers, and when those triggers enter the body, those airways narrow making it difficult to breathe which leads to asthma attacks, complications and sometimes death. The key is to understand the triggers that cause asthma. Sometimes, you may not even know you have it until you’re exposed to those triggers. This means the environment you live in is a huge cause and risk factor of asthma. Additionally, genetics is a risk factor for asthma.

Symptoms of Asthma

You may be wondering if your child has asthma, but unsure if it’s something else. According to Asthma and Allergy Foundation, If any of these symptoms occur chronically or only around certain triggers, your child may have asthma:

  • Tight feeling in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing

However, it’s very possible a variety of other conditions are causing these symptoms, such as different allergies. Consult with your pediatrician about whether or not your child has asthma.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Asthma at Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania

One of our pediatricians will need to evaluate your child. First, they will ask symptoms, medical history, experiences, etc. to get a good sense if asthma is a possibility. Typically, testing or a trial period of asthma medication will be given, depending on the results, with a follow-up appointment to monitor the outcome.

How to use your inhaler

If you think your child has asthma, call Pediatrics of Northeastern Pennsylvania at (570) 346-1464, or contact your pediatrician directly to set up an appointment.