Childhood asthma can cause stressful daily symptoms that hinder playing sports, going to school, and sleeping. Untreated asthma can cause some children to have severe asthma attacks.
Childhood asthma is no different from adult asthma, but children face other challenges. This pathology is one of the reasons leading to a visit to the emergency department, hospitalization, and truancy.
Unfortunately, asthma cannot be treated in childhood, and symptoms may persist into adulthood. But with the proper treatment, you and your child can control symptoms and prevent damage to the lungs as they grow.
Symptoms of asthma in children :
Common signs and symptoms of asthma in children include:
- Frequent cough worsens with viral infections, which occur during sleep, increase when exercising, or exposure to cold air.
- A whistling or wheezing sound is heard when exhaling.
- Congestion or tightness in the chest.
It can cause asthma in children:
- Sleep disturbance due to shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing.
- Bouts of coughing or wheezing that get worse with a cold or flu.
- Delayed healing or bronchitis after respiratory infection.
- Difficulty breathing may limit Play or exercise.
- A lack of sleep can cause fatigue.
Signs and symptoms of asthma vary from child to child and may worsen or improve over time. Your child may have only one symptom, such as a persistent cough or chest congestion.
It can be challenging to tell if your child’s symptoms are caused by asthma or something else. Periodic or persistent wheezing and other asthma-like symptoms may be caused by bronchitis or another respiratory disease.