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Does your child have asthma or allergies?

Learn how to tell and how to find relief.


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April 11, 2016

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Jennifer Koziol Wozniak, MD, HealthPartners Allergist at HealthPartners Specialty Center and Hudson Hospital & Clinic shares helpful children’s allergy and asthma information.

Asthma

Asthma occurs in about 10 percent of children. Typical symptoms include wheezing or noisy breathing, coughing (often at night or with exercise), a tight feeling in the chest and trouble breathing. Symptoms can happen every day, once a week, or less frequently. Common asthma triggers include upper respiratory infections, exercise and allergic rhinitis (hayfever).

An allergist will evaluate your child’s pattern of symptoms and perform physical exams and allergy tests. We offer multiple types of allergy testing, including skin testing. Avoidance of triggers, use of medication (quick relief and controller medications), nebulizers and inhalers can all be part of a personalized solution to improve your child’s health.

Allergies

Children with allergies have the same treatment options as adults. They often need to use medications to control symptoms; allergy shots also can be an option. Don’t give allergy medication to your child without first talking to your child’s doctor or care team. We will find a personalized solution for your child to alleviate symptoms and side effects.

Did you know?

Asthma is one of the leading chronic childhood diseases, a major cause of childhood disability, and places a huge burden on affected children and their families, limiting the child’s ability to learn, play and even sleep. Children miss about 13 million school days each year because of asthma.

The most common foods that cause allergic reactions in children are eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and wheat. Children usually outgrow egg, milk, and soy allergies. People who develop allergies as adults usually have their allergies for life.

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