Around 25% of all pediatric primary care appointments are because of respiratory complaints. If ignored, a respiratory illness can develop into severe health issues as your child gets older. The providers at Village Pediatric Group provide respiratory care at their practice in Tuckahoe, New York. If you have concerns about your child’s respiratory health, make an appointment today. Book using the online scheduling tool or call the practice.
Children are particularly vulnerable to respiratory illness because their immune systems haven’t fully developed.
Respiratory care is a branch of medicine that focuses on treating diseases and viruses that attack the respiratory system — the nose, throat, and lungs. It includes treatment for respiratory illness and ongoing care for chronic disease.
The team at Village Pediatric Group has training in pediatric respiratory health. If you have concerns about your child, make an appointment with one of the providers today.
Respiratory illness and diseases are common in childhood. Here’s a closer look at some of them.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease often triggered by allergies and exertion. Symptoms include wheezing, trouble breathing, and coughing.
Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial tubes — the breathing tubes into the lungs. Symptoms include wheezing, runny nose, fever and chills, fatigue, chest pain, congestion, and sore throat.
Croup commonly affects children under four. It’s a virus that causes swelling in the windpipe and voice box. Symptoms include a husky voice, wheezing, and a deep, distinctive cough.
Influenza, or flu, is a severe virus that can result in hospitalization. It causes high fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, runny nose, congestion, and fatigue. Some children experience gastric problems too.
RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is an infection that typically affects children under five. Children born prematurely, who have chronic lung or heart disease, or who have weak immune systems are, particularly at risk. Early signs include a wheezing cough, a runny nose, and a loss of appetite.
Sinusitis occurs when fluid builds up in the void behind the nose and eye, which become infected. Symptoms include pain and pressure around the eyes and nose, congestion, coughing, and runny nose.
Strep throat is a bacterial infection. Symptoms include a sudden sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, and swollen tonsils.
Often, the only treatment for respiratory illness is to ease the symptoms, usually through over-the-counter pain relief for children over the age of two and by resting and drinking lots of water. Your provider may prescribe stronger pain relief medication, antibiotics, or steroids.
If your child has a respiratory illness, get them checked out right away. Call Village Pediatric Group to make an appointment or book through this website.