Wellness - General Health | 1-12 yrs

Diagnosing Asthma In Children


Asthma is a chronic disease that involves the airways in the lungs. If one frequently experiences shortness of breath or even hear a whistling or wheezy sound in the chest while breathing, it’s an indication of asthma.

But, what about asthma in children? Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. In such a case, how can parents identify that their children are asthmatic? Not all children may have the same asthma symptoms as they vary from one child to another.

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All About Asthma

Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children especially children who have low birth weight, are exposed to tobacco smoke, are black, and are raised in a low-income environment.

Recognizing The Signs Of Asthma

Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes with increased production of sticky secretions inside the tubes, making it hard to breathe.

How Is Asthma Diagnosed?

Your primary care doctor will diagnose asthma based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and test results.

Asthma: Steps In Testing And Diagnosis

Diagnosing asthma generally includes a medical history, physical exam and lung tests.

The Differences Between Childhood And Adult-Onset Asthma

Childhood asthma and adult-onset asthma have the same symptoms, and both have similar treatments. However, children with asthma face different challenges.

Treating Asthma In Children Ages 5 To 11

Treating asthma in children ages 5 to 11 requires some specialized techniques. Discover tips on symptoms, medications and an asthma action plan.

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