Childhood Asthma

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Childhood asthma is the same lung disease adults get, but kids often have different symptoms. Doctors also call this pediatric asthma. If your child has asthma, their lungs and airways can easily get inflamed when they have a cold or are around things like pollen. The symptoms may make it hard for your child to do everyday activities or sleep. Sometimes, an asthma attack can result in a trip to the hospital.
 
There’s no cure for asthma in children, but you can work with your child’s doctor to treat it and prevent damage to their growing lungs.
 
Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Asthma:
Not all children have the same asthma symptoms. A child may even have different symptoms from one episode to the next. Signs and symptoms of asthma in children include:
  • A cough that doesn’t go away (which may be the only symptom)
  • Coughing spells that happen often, especially during play or exercise, at night, in cold air, or while laughing or crying
  • A cough that gets worse after a viral infection
  • Less energy during play, and stopping to catch his breath during activities
  • Avoiding sports or social activities
  • Trouble sleeping because of coughing or breathing problems
  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Wheezing, a whistling sound when breathing in or out
  • Seesaw motions in their chest (retractions)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight neck and chest muscles
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble eating, or grunting while eating (in infants)
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