Respiratory illness and diseases are common during childhood. It is important to get respiratory issues checked out by a doctor as soon as possible, as many of them can get worse over time. At Village Pediatric Group in Tuckahoe, New York, our board-certified pediatricians routinely diagnose and treat respiratory conditions in children of all ages.
Here’s a closer look at some of the most common respiratory illnesses our physicians treat.
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 that go 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 who are born prematurely, have chronic lung or heart disease, or 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 eyes, 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.
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If your child has a respiratory illness, get it checked out right away. Call (914) 771-7070 to make an appointment with one of the board-certified pediatricians at Village Pediatric Group, or use our online booking tool.