Childhood Asthma:
The Dangerous Signs And Symptoms

Childhood asthma is a respiratory condition in which the immune system overreacts to certain pollutants or allergens in the air, food, or water. The airways of the lungs swell and constrict air flow.

Common Signs and Symptoms Of Childhood Asthma

Many children start to show symptoms of asthma around the age of five. The most common ones are wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness or congestion in the chest.

The symptoms vary from child to child. Depending on the severity, some may exhibit all symptoms while others may only display one. If it is not managed properly, this illness can result in breathing difficulties and other problems that can be detrimental to a young toddler or developing adolescent.

  • Wheezing – Wheezing is a low whistling noise that may happen when a child struggles to take in air. It happens when the lungs are swollen and air has to pass through a narrow passageway. Not every wheezing incident is necessarily caused by asthma. Infections from bronchitis or other respiratory problems sometimes mimic asthma symptoms, making it difficult to know the underlying cause.
  • Coughing – Chronic coughing is an indication that the lungs are irritated. Eventually the aggravated lungs will become exhausted and not function properly. And this is when breathing problems occur. While the occasional cough from a cold is not worrisome, a chronic cough that last more than a week should be examined.
  • Chest Tightness – While a child usually cannot verbalize this condition, he or she may complaint that the chest hurts or he or she cannot catch a breath. This will result in decreased activity or an inability to run or play.
  • Other symptoms - Advanced symptoms may include trouble sleeping due to the decreased oxygen intake, coughing that worsens when the child has a cold or the flu, and trouble eating. This includes becoming easily fatigued when playing.

Another common sign of childhood asthma is the inability to bounce back quickly after an illness. Children with this condition tend to take longer to recover from an illness, often ending up with a respiratory infection as well. They also may develop inflamed sinus, chronic stuffy or runny nose, and heartburn. Children with this condition tend to have less energy or avoid physical activities that require increased breathing.

Asthma Can Also Be Life Threatening

The dangerous signs are deep and rapid breathing, decreased alertness (or lethargy) and cyanosis (a bluish coloring of the skin due to lack of oxygen). This is an emergency situation and warrants a visit to the emergency. Do not hesitate because breathing is a critical situation and requires immediate care.

If your child shows any of these symptoms then he or she should be examined by a doctor. Although it may seem troublesome at first, asthma is a treatable disease. While it cannot be cured, there are treatments that your child can use to keep it under control. With the right asthma management plan, your child can have a healthy life.

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Most people find fewer problems with breathing problems when they find an asthma management plan that really works. Read The SAFE Asthma Treatment Guide and discover the four steps to controlling asthma.  With a little help from your doctor and the right plan of action, you can control your wheezing and coughing so that you can breathe easier.

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