Asthma symptoms in children may be a little different than in adults, and they are different in smaller and older children as well. In this article we will look at some basic facts about juvenile asthma and then at some recent advances in the field that are offering new found for people suffering from this life-altering condition.
Asthma symptoms in children – common symptoms:
- Coughing, which may be the only symptom in some cases and it is most noticeable at night and in the early mornings
- Wheezing, which is a noise produced when the airways are not wide enough for the air to pass through them
- Difficulties with breathing, such as shortness of breath and inability to breath naturally
- Sleep problems, waking up coughing, prolonged coughing during the night
- Chest tightness or pressure, and chest pain
- Inactivity and tiredness
Asthma symptoms in children also include asthma attacks, and parents should look out for these. Different triggers may bring about asthma flare ups:
- Allergens and irritants such as smoke, dust, pollen, mold, air pollution (indoor and outdoor), animal hair or fur, strong smells and certain foods.
- Environmental factors: during spring and summer the symptoms are more common in children with seasonal asthma. The flares can be triggered by pollen, grass, weeds, and changes in air pressure, rain or cold air.
- Certain medicines like aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Changes in hormones during adolescence