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Asthma in Children

Nicholas Tzanetakos , M.D.
Pediatrician, Rush Copley Medical Group

There is no sure fire way to tell if your child has asthma. Asthma comes in many different forms, and it’s not always easy to recognize. Symptoms can vary widely from person to person, as well as within each person over time. Asthma breathing problems usually happen in episodes or attacks, but the inflammation underlying asthma is continuous. Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. It can begin at any age, but most children have their first symptoms by age five. Symptoms to look for include:

  • Shortness of breath, loss of breath
  • Tightened neck and chest muscles
  • Feelings of weakness or tiredness
  • Frequent coughing spells
  • Less energy during play
  • Complaint of chest tightness or chest pain
  • Wheezing when breathing in or out

Keep in mind that not all children will have the same asthma symptoms. Symptoms can even vary from episode to episode in the same child. If your child has problem breathing, you should take them to the doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation.