Childhood Asthma

Childhood asthma is when a child’s lungs and airways are easily aroused when exposed to certain triggers or when the child has a respiratory infection.

It is no different than adult asthma but it can lead to emergency room visits, missed school days and hospitalizations in children if it is not managed correctly. There is no cure for childhood asthma but managing asthma can prevent damage to growing lungs.

Symptoms of Childhood Asthma

The following are common symptoms of childhood asthma.However, a child with asthma may only have one or two symptoms. It is important to see your doctor for proper diagnosis.

  • frequent coughing
  • whistling or wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain or tightness
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble breathing
  • fatigue
  • coughing spells during respiratory infections or colds

Diagnosis

The diagnosis for childhood asthma may include any of the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Review of your family’s health history
  • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
  • Allergy testing

Treatment

If you feel your child is having trouble breathing, seek immediate medical care.

Asthma can not be cured but it can be managed. For on-going treatment of childhood asthma talk to your doctor about creating an asthma action plan for your child.

The treatment for asthma will be determined by your doctor and usually includes control, prevention and rescue medications for management of asthma symptoms and attacks. Learn more about asthma medications.

To schedule an appointment with an asthma specialist, call 1-800-778-9923 or visit the Allergy & Asthma Center location near you.