Not all children have the same asthma symptoms, and these symptoms can vary from episode to episode in the same child. Possible signs and symptoms of asthma in children include:
Frequent coughing spells, which may occur during play, at night, or while laughing or crying
A chronic cough (which may be the only symptom)
Less energy during play
Rapid breathing (intermittently)
Complaint of chest tightness or chest "hurting"
Whistling sound when breathing in or out -- called wheezing...
Feeling short of breath and having chest tightness. (Children may express chest tightness as a stomachache.)
In the yellow zone, your peak expiratory flow is 50% to 80% of your personal best peak flow measurement. To find 80% of your personal best, multiply your personal best measurement by 0.80. For example, if your personal best flow is 400, then 80% of that is 400 times 0.80, which is 320. And 50% of your personal best would be 400 times 0.50, which is 200. In this example, the yellow zone would be any value from 200 to 320. You may not have any symptoms, but your lung function is reduced.
Treatment for symptoms in the yellow zone includes the following:
Take your medicine according to your asthma action plan.
If symptoms do not improve within 20 to 60 minutes or if your peak expiratory flow remains less than 70% of your personal best measurement, or if both, then follow the red zone instructions of your asthma action plan, because your lungs are not responding to medicine.
If you keep going into the yellow zone from the green zone, talk with your doctor. Your regular medicine may need to be changed.
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