indicate the need to use rescue inhaler, because the asthma is getting worse. Red is indicative of a danger zone, and will list what should be done in this zone. Part four of the plan would provide instructions on the triggers to avoid triggers that would cause a flare up. Each zone will also serve as a resource for symptoms related to that particular zone. Do the etiology, diagnosis, and management of a child who is wheezing vary according to the child’s age? Why or why not? Which objective of the clinical findings will guide your diagnosis? Why? When is a chest x-ray indicated in this case?
Asthma is often difficult to diagnose in infants, but the disease can often be diagnosed in older children based on the child’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam and tests (ClevelandClinic, 2019). During an exam, the physician will ask about breathing issues, and family history related to asthma, allergies, and skin or lung diseases. If the parent answers the questions or describes the symptoms completely, the clinician will be able to care for the child appropriately. According to ClevelandClinic, the child’s lungs and heart will be assessed, and other children will have a chest x-ray and pulmonary function test that measures the amount of air in the lungs and how fast is can be breathed out. A chest x-ray can also be used when a fever, auscultation of crackles in the chest and discolored sputum (depending on the child’s age. References Ben-Joseph, E., (2019). What's an Asthma Action Plan? Retrieved from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Pediatric Treatment Recommendations. Retrieved from: - rec.html ClevelandClinic., (2019). Asthma in Children: Diagnosis and Tests. Retrieved from: Normansell, R., et al (2018). Are antibiotics a safe and effective additional treatment for asthma exacerbations? Retrieved from: - and-effective-additional-treatment-asthma-exacerbations
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