Types of Chronic Conditions in Children

It is estimated that 10-20 million children and adolescents in the U.S. have a chronic medical condition or illness. A condition or illness is considered chronic if it persists for at least three months or more. If your child is dealing with a chronic condition, we can help. Dr. Jeff Couchman, Dr. Susan McMahon, and Dr. Nicole Abdy, the experienced and caring pediatricians at Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ, diagnose and treat a diverse range of chronic illnesses and conditions in children and teens.

Types of Chronic Conditions in Children

Some chronic medical conditions might only persist for a few months, while others continue throughout the lifetime. There is a diverse range of chronic illnesses, conditions, and diseases that can affect children and adolescents, including:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight or obesity 
  • Skin conditions (e.g., eczema or psoriasis) 
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders 
  • Other developmental disabilities 
  • Cystic fibrosis 

Diagnosis & Treatment of Chronic Conditions 

Diagnosing a chronic illness or condition in kids often begins by scheduling an appointment with a pediatrician at our Tucson, AZ, pediatric practice. The doctor will ask about the different symptoms your child is experiencing, as well as how long those symptoms have persisted. Additionally, since some conditions are hereditary, our child’s personal and family medical history will be reviewed. The doctor will also perform a physical exam and order any necessary diagnostic tests, such as bloodwork. 

Once the chronic illness or condition has been identified, a treatment plan will be developed based on your child’s diagnosis, symptoms, and individual needs. The right treatment plan will help you and your child better manage the symptoms of their condition. Depending on the specific illness or condition, treatment could include medications, dietary changes, a special exercise routine, avoiding certain allergens, and, in some cases, surgery. 

The proper diagnosis and treatment of a chronic illness can help kids better manage symptoms so they don’t interfere with daily life. Our providers will develop an individualized treatment plan for your child. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Couchman, Dr. McMahon, and Dr. Abdy, our skilled pediatricians, call Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ, at (520) 648-5437.

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