More than 6 million children under age 18 currently have asthma, and up to 80% of those kids also have allergies. Even when allergies are the only problem, it’s often highly frustrating for both children and their parents. At Palisades Pediatrics LLP in New City, New York, the caring team understands the constant frustrations, irritations, and misery associated with asthma and allergies. Board-certified pediatrician Dr. Evelyn Ha, MD, FAAP, and her team work together to help your child enjoy a healthy body and clear breathing. Request an appointment online or call the office today.
Allergies are an immune reaction to a substance that doesn’t normally trigger a negative response in others. Many children experience allergies, and they can range from occasionally troubling to nearly incapacitating based on the kind of allergy and your child’s overall health.
Children often experience allergies including:
Pollen is one of the most common outdoor allergens, and it can come from a variety of trees and plants. Insect bites and stings are other potential sources of outdoor allergies in children.
Pet dander, dust mites, and mold are some of the most common reasons for indoor allergies in children.
Environmental irritants can be both indoors and outdoors. Some common culprits may include car exhaust and cigarette smoke. Children can also be allergic to specific substances that linger in the air, like perfume or hair spray.
Food allergies are very common in children. While some children outgrow food allergies, others have the allergy their whole life. Some common food allergies among kids include peanuts, eggs, milk, soy, and wheat.
Dr. Ha can perform allergy testing to determine what kind of allergies your child is dealing with. Then, she can help them make the changes necessary to reduce allergic reactions and improve whole-body health.
Asthma is a respiratory condition in which your child’s airways grow constricted and severely limit their breathing. These episodes, called asthma attacks, can range from fairly mild to life-threatening.
Asthma and allergies often occur together in children. If your child has asthma, it’s vitally important that you work closely with Dr. Ha at Palisades Pediatrics to protect their respiratory and overall health as they grow.
Asthma treatment can depend on your child’s general health and specific needs. Dr. Ha always customizes asthma treatment so your child can breathe easily. She may recommend homeopathic treatments, lifestyle changes, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplements, and sometimes home nebulizer and inhaler use.
Nebulizers deliver medication like corticosteroids, bronchodilators, and prostanoids directly into your child's lungs in the form of a liquid mist. Palisades Pediatrics participates in the CareConnection Plus Nebulizer Program, in which your child gets a home nebulizer dispensed from the office and billed to your insurance.
Call Palisades Pediatrics or request an appointment online to get help for your child’s asthma or allergies.