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Tips for Coping with Your Child's Asthma

Did you know that an average of 36,000 children miss school every day because of asthma symptoms, which leads to roughly 14 million lost school days each year?

Allergens, the environment and changes in temperature can all cause an increase in your child's mucus production and inflammation in your child's large and small airways, making it harder to breathe.

Most parents are unaware of the symptoms associated with asthma, and most children's cases are left untreated. But you don't have to feel helpless; there are some ways to be proactive. Be careful, though. No matter how hard it may be, try not to take matters into your own hands, especially now when everything is searchable online. If you must turn to the internet, a valuable resource is Get Smart About Asthma.

Ultimately, it is most important to take your child to a physician to check their inflammation levels in order to determine whether or not your child has asthma.

A way to monitor your child to see if the symptoms are present is to look for shortness of breath or chronic coughing. Another symptom to keep an eye out for is if your child is waking up in the middle of the night or has a hard time falling asleep.

Board certified allergist, Dr. Bassem Chahine, discusses with Dr. Mike ways you can help your child overcome asthma.
Tips for Coping with Your Child's Asthma
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Dr. Chahine photoDr. Nassem G. Chahine is a board certified Allergist and Clinical Immunologist and the medical director of the Allergy and Immunology Center in Miami, Florida.

He completed his undergraduate studies with honors at the University of Miami and his medical education at St. George's University in 2001. He graduated with his Internal Medicine Residency and served as chief resident in 2004 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Sisters Hospital.

He became a board certified Internal Medicine physician of Kenmore Mercy Hospital after his residency. He was the leader and administrator of the hospitalist group there, serving on numerous administrative committees. He was also a clinical instructor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine.

In 2008 he joined the fellowship program in Allergy and Immunology at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. During his training, he was mentored by Dr. Sami Bahna, an internationally respected professor and authority in allergic diseases with expertise in food allergy.

In addition to his clinical research, his fellowship provided both adult and pediatric training, enabling him to treat patients of all ages.

Dr. Chahine has peer-reviewed publications in influential allergy journals. He is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (JCAAI).

He is also an active member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). Dr. Chahine is a clinical assistant professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine of Florida International University.

Dr Chahine has been an Allergy and Immunology doctor in Miami since 2010. He has been successfully treating a variety of conditions that include asthma, allergies, chemical sensitivities, cough, eczema, food intolerance, frequent infections, hay fever, hives, itchy eyes, itchy and runny nose, skin rashes, and sinus disorders.