Does Your Child Suffer from Asthma?

There are many different ailments that can happen during childhood, but the most common one is asthma. It is estimated that millions of American children suffer from asthma every year and in many cases, there is an overwhelming amount whose asthma is not recognized. Children shoes asthma goes unrecognized often suffer from difficulty during athletic activities, their health worsens of time, and they are also put in danger of fatal life situations. Rather than take the risk, it is best to recognize the warning signs of childhood asthma and to then take the right action to protect your child by addressing their health issue.

Sleeping Problems

Symptoms of asthma manifest themselves in many different ways, and sleeping problems are the most difficult to detect. You can reason that your child has asthma if their sleeping is irregular, they have chest discomfort when sleeping, or if they cough or wheeze throughout the night. While your child may not be able to monitor things well, you can certainly do so by checking in on your child at night or asking your child questions in the morning about any discomfort or problems while sleeping.

Inability to Perform Fitness Activities

Another common sign of asthma is if your child is unable to play sports or is exhausted by simple physical activity. During these periods, your child may wheeze, cough, and feel a tightness in their chest. These symptoms are due to a constriction of irritated airways and if not treated, the airways can become so irritated that they close and prevent your child from breathing completely. As a result, if you notice that your child has fitness activities, then you should seek a medical professional as soon as possible.

Constant Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is a symptom that can be caused by nearly anything, but if your child has the above issues coupled with shortness of breath, then you can usually be certain that your child has some form of asthma. To make sure that your child gets an optimal diagnosis, you should keep track of when your child experiences shortness of breath and what they were doing when the shortness of breath occurred. By taking these steps, you’ll be able to help the doctor formulate which activities should not be done and when your child should be certain to have their inhaler on them.

Wheezing and Coughing

Finally, if your child wheezes and coughs often, then you may want to check their airways and whether or not they have asthma. Wheezing and coughing are due to problems like asthma because the airways are unable to open fully and properly, making it difficult for your child to breath. There is no specific time of day that the wheezing or coughing occurs and it isn’t really relevant to your child’s condition. But either way, if you do have a child who shows these symptoms like the other symptoms, then you should get medical attention as soon as possible.

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Rebecca

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