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Does your child have asthma?

Does your child have asthma?

In childhood asthma, the lungs and airways become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers such as airborne pollen. This can cause bothersome daily symptoms that interfere with play, school, sports and sleep. Childhood asthma isn't a different disease from asthma in adults, but children do face unique challenges. Unfortunately, childhood asthma cannot be cured and the symptoms may continue into adulthood. With the right treatment, you can keep your child's symptoms under control.

The signs and symptoms of childhood asthma include:

• Intermittent coughing
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Chest congestion
• Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath and coughing
• Coughing and wheezing that gets worse with a respiratory infection such as a cold
• Fatigue

Asthma signs and symptoms vary for every child and may get better or worse over time. While wheezing is commonly associated with asthma, not all children with asthma wheeze.

The risk factors associated with childhood asthma include:

• Obesity
• Low birth weight
• Heartburn
• Inflamed sinusitis
• Exposure to smoke, pollen, pet dander
• A family history of asthma and other allergies

Here are a few things you can do to avoid triggers of asthma:

• Reduce pet dander by regularly bathing or grooming your pet
• Maintain low humidity at home
• Keep your indoors clean
• Reduce your child's exposure to cold air

Contact your doctor if you notice your child experiencing difficulty with breathing! Remember that asthma symptoms change overtime. Hence, it's important that you check in on your child on a regular basis.