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...