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Pediatric asthma symptoms

Pediatric asthma symptoms | UPMC Health Plan

By Patrick Evans, On-site Health Coach

The onset of asthma can come in childhood and early adolescence and range from a minor irritant to a serious chronic condition. Knowing asthma’s symptoms can help you spot it early in your child and potentially prevent an acute asthmatic episode. Here is what to look for:

  • Wheezing when your child is breathing, including inhaling and exhaling
  • Excessive coughing
  • Rapid or labored breathing – look for heavy breathing or gasping
  • Weakness or lethargy – not having the same energy as usual
  • Symptoms that appear when participating in sports or playing outdoors

Risk factors for developing pediatric asthma include:

  • Family history
  • Allergies
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Low birth weight

Asthma is a chronic condition with no cure at the moment. However, following a proper medication regimen can control it. Do not delay in scheduling an appointment with your doctor if you spot the symptoms in your child because treatment can prevent possible lung damage. If your child cannot catch his or her breath, seek medical attention immediately because this might be a serious medical emergency.