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What are the symptoms of asthma in children?

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Asthma symptoms can vary from episode to episode in the same child. Signs and symptoms of asthma to look for include:

  • Frequent coughing spells
  • Less energy during play, or pausing to catch breath during play
  • Rapid or shallow breathing
  • Chest tightness or chest "hurting"
  • Whistling sound when breathing in or out (wheezing)
  • Seesaw motions in the chest from labored breathing. These motions are called retractions.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightened neck and chest muscles
  • Feeling weak or tired

From: What Is Asthma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American Lung Association: "Asthma."  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma Overview." 

Centers for Disease Control.  Murray, J. and Nadel, J. Third edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.  Rose, B.D. (ed). Wellesley, Mass., 2005.

Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,UpToDate,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:  American Lung Association: "Asthma."  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma Overview." 

Centers for Disease Control.  Murray, J. and Nadel, J. Third edition, W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.  Rose, B.D. (ed). Wellesley, Mass., 2005.

Textbook of Respiratory Medicine,UpToDate,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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