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What are signs of asthma in children?

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Not all children have the same asthma symptoms, but symptoms of asthma in children include:

  • Frequent coughing spell, especially during play, at night, or while laughing or crying
  • A chronic cough
  • Less energy
  • Rapid breathing
  • Complaint of chest tightness or chest "hurting"
  • Whistling sound when breathing in or out or wheezing.
  • See-saw motions in the chest from labored breathing.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tight neck and chest muscles
  • Feeling weak or tired

From: Asthma in Children and Infants WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  Allergy & Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics: "School House: Keeping Healthy at School."  American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to remember: Childhood asthma."  American Lung Association: "Asthma."  Allergy & Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics: "Off to School with Confidence." Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma in Infants."




Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:  Allergy & Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics: "School House: Keeping Healthy at School."  American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to remember: Childhood asthma."  American Lung Association: "Asthma."  Allergy & Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics: "Off to School with Confidence." Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma in Infants."




Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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