Pediatric Urgent Care located in Corona, NY


Asthma is a chronic health condition that affects your ability to breathe and often develops during childhood. Jonathan Valencia, MD, FAAP, DABOM, of Valencia Health Pediatric Urgent Care in Corona, New York, offers prompt and professional treatment for childhood asthma and can help your child breathe easier. Booking a visit takes just moments online or by phone, so don’t delay. 

Asthma Q&A

What are some signs of childhood asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which a child’s airways become inflamed and narrowed, making it difficult for them to move air in and out of their lungs. If you notice these changes in your child, bring them in for a diagnostic assessment and treatment. 

Some of the symptoms of asthma in children include:

  • Wheezing sounds, especially when breathing out
  • Frequent coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest tightness

In many cases, symptoms worsen when a child is physically active or while crying and laughing. 

It isn’t always easy to identify asthma symptoms, as they are similar to the symptoms of numerous other childhood ailments. However, when kids encounter frequent breathing difficulties over time, it might be time to come in for a diagnostic workup and/or treatment. 

How does childhood asthma develop?

There is no clear consensus on the exact cause of childhood asthma. Researchers have identified a genetic component, so if a child has a parent or other close relative with asthma, they carry a higher risk of developing the condition themselves. 

Airway infections in early childhood are also linked to a higher risk of childhood asthma. Kids who are routinely exposed to environmental pollutants like cigarette smoke also have a higher risk level. Kids who are overweight have an elevated risk and also tend to experience more severe symptoms than those at a healthy weight. 

Are there treatments that can help with asthma?

There is no cure for asthma. Treatment strives to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms and allow kids to enjoy normal activities. 

Treating asthma over the long term often relies on medication. Some medications that help open the airways are taken on a regular basis and help reduce the risk of asthma attacks. There are other medications that tackle acute asthma symptoms and often come in the form of inhaled mists. 

At Valencia Health Pediatric Urgent Care, Dr. Valencia offers nebulizations as a treatment option for severe asthma attacks. This process uses a device that converts liquid medication into a mist that a child breathes in. 

If your child experiences asthma symptoms, finding relief can help them make the most of childhood activities like athletics and outdoor play. Valencia Health Pediatric Urgent Care is here to help, and visits can be set up online or over the phone.