Asthma, an inflammatory disorder of the airways, is the most chronic disease of childhood. It is characterized by recurrent, reversible, airway obstruction. Although the physical exam in asthma is often completely normal, there can be several symptoms that may prove helpful in detecting asthma in children.
One of the most common symptoms of asthma in children is non-productive coughing, which may get worse during exertion or night. The child may experience frequent coughing spells during play, while laughing or at night. Coughing may also be chronic and the sole symptom of cough variant asthma.
Another common symptom of asthma in children is the generation of a whistling or wheezing sound when inhaling or exhaling. This symptom can be easily noticed and may clearly indicate asthma. The sound is produced by turbulent airflow through narrowed airways.
Asthma can also be accompanied by difficulty in breathing. Loss of breath, shortness of breath or rapid breathing in children can be signs of asthma. A child with asthma may show a rapid breathing pattern with often loss of breath.
If your child finds it difficult to keep up with other playmates and gets out of breath too soon, asthma could be the culprit behind your child`s poor endurance. Feeling low on energy or tired too soon is another common symptom of asthma.
A child with asthma may also complain of chest tightness or a hurting chest. The symptoms vary between children and they may have one or more of these symptoms. Take your child to see the doctor as soon as you notice these symptoms. Early treatment will help control the child`s day-to-day asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.