Pneumonia & Asthma

Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care

Pediatric Urgent Care located in Rockville, MD

Respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and asthma are quite common among kids. If your child’s dealing with pneumonia, asthma, or any other respiratory illness, your main goal is helping them feel better fast. Fortunately, the experienced team at Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care in Rockville, Maryland, is here to help. Bring your child in for a walk-in visit during office hours, or get in touch online or via phone now.

Pneumonia & Asthma Q & A

What are the signs of pneumonia in children?

If your child has community-acquired pneumonia (pneumonia they acquired outside of a hospital) they may have symptoms that include:

  • Rapid breathing and wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Body chills

Difficulty breathing is the most common symptom, but it's common to have multiple symptoms at once.

What causes pneumonia?

In children under the age of 2, pneumonia usually comes from a virus. After age 2, pneumonia is more often the result of a bacteria like pneumococcus. Treatment for pneumonia depends on whether it's viral or bacterial in origin.

What's the treatment for pneumonia?

Treatment for viral pneumonia may include antiviral medication, while treatment for bacterial pneumonia typically includes antibiotics. Regardless of the type of pneumonia your child has, breathing treatments may help them feel better and recover more quickly.

You can also help by having your child rest, keeping them well-hydrated, and following all of the doctor's guidelines closely.

What are the signs of asthma in children?

The signs of asthma in kids can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Pain or tightness in the chest
  • Wheezing

Difficulty breathing is usually the most obvious sign of asthma, but the other symptoms can be very painful and scary for kids.

What causes asthma in kids?

It's not certain what causes asthma in kids. However, the following factors may play a role.

  • Genetics
  • Respiratory infections very early in life
  • Environmental exposure to smoke, smog, or other pollutants

Whether the cause of your child’s asthma is clear or not, there are effective treatments available.

What's the treatment for asthma in kids?

Asthma treatment focuses on preventing asthma attacks and on effectively treating them if they occur. Therefore, the doctor may prescribe both preventive and rescue medications for your child. If your child comes to Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care with an asthma attack, the doctor can administer a breathing treatment on the spot.

Be sure that your child uses any preventive asthma medications like inhalers or oral medication exactly as directed, and always have your child's rescue inhaler or medication with you in case of a sudden asthma attack.

If your child has an uncontrolled asthma attack, you can rely on the team at Total Access Pediatric Urgent Care in Rockville, Maryland, for help. Walk in anytime, or get in touch online or via phone now.