By Jessie Kichigin
Children with recurrent cough, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath may have one or more forms of asthma. Left untreated, asthmatic children often have less stamina than other children, or avoid physical activities to prevent coughing or wheezing. Sometimes they will complain that their chest hurts or that they cannot catch their breath. Colds may go straight to their chest. Or, they may cough when sick, particularly at night.
Asthma has multiple causes, and it is not uncommon for two or more different causes to be present in one child. Asthma is more than wheezing. It can present as coughing, recurrent bronchitis, and shortness of breath, especially when exercising. With a proper plan, asthma can be well managed by medications and avoidance of triggers.
You can learn more with the Center for Disease Control asthma fast facts for kids tip sheet www.cdc.gov/asthma/pdfs/kids_fast_facts.pdf, but we encourage you to make an appointment with our office to have your child properly evaluated for asthma.