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What are the symptoms of childhood asthma?

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  • Frequent coughing spells, which may be the only symptom you see.
  • Less energy during play
  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest tightness or chest "hurting"
  • Whistling sound (wheezing) when breathing out
  • See-saw motions in the chest from labored breathing
  • Shortness of breath, loss of breath
  • Tightened neck and chest muscles
  • Feelings of weakness or tiredness
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Frequent headaches
  • Loss of appetite

If your child has problems breathing, take them to the doctor right away.

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)."

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

KidsHealth: "Asthma Basics."

HealthyChildren.org: "Diagnosing Asthma."

American Thoracic Society: "Pulmonary Function Testing in Children."

 

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)."

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

KidsHealth: "Asthma Basics."

HealthyChildren.org: "Diagnosing Asthma."

American Thoracic Society: "Pulmonary Function Testing in Children."

 

 

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

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