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What are danger signs of asthma in children?

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Danger signs are severe wheezing, severe coughing, trouble walking or talking, or blue lips or fingernails. Increasing shortness of breath with decreased wheezing is especially dangerous because it means less air is moving in and out of the lungs. If any of these are present go to the emergency department or call 911.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Childhood Asthma: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Asthma Medicines: Long-term Control" and "Asthma Medicines: Quick Relief."

KIdsHealth: "What's an Asthma Plan?" and "Asthma."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Childhood Asthma: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Asthma Medicines: Long-term Control" and "Asthma Medicines: Quick Relief."

KIdsHealth: "What's an Asthma Plan?" and "Asthma."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

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