Warning signs of childhood asthma


asthmaMany children are diagnosed with asthma each year, and over half of them develop asthma symptoms before age 5.  Therefore, early diagnosis of asthma in young children is important.  Since, children may not be able to understand and explain effectively what they are feeling, diagnoses of asthma in young children is challenging as well.  Sometimes baby’s finicky behavior could elucidate many things whereas toddlers and preschoolers continue to play actively without showing any asthma symptom.  But parents can recognize the asthmatic symptoms with their keen observations on children’s behavior.


Since asthma runs in the veins of my family, every newborn is diagnosed with asthma.  The very reason drew my attention to read and write about asthma condition, their signs and symptoms and preventive measures.  To get early diagnosis of asthma in your little ones, find herewith the warning signs of childhood asthma based on the research conducted by American Lung Association:


What to observe coughing


  • Cough, especially at night
  • Unusual paleness or sweating
  • Flared nostrils when the child tries to get some air restlessness-during-sleeping
  • Fast breathing
  • Hunched-over body posture; the child can’t stand or sit straight and can’t relax 
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Fatigue and breathlessness
  • The notch just above the child’s Adam’s apple; when some children are having an asthma episode, this notch sinks in as they breathe in
  • Spaces between the ribs; these areas may sink in when the child breathes in


What to listen clearing-throat


  • Coughing when the child has no cold

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  • Irregular Breathing
  • Wheezing, however light
  • Noisy, difficult breathing

Five emergency signs


Many a times parents are not aware that asthma symptoms are becoming serious, possibly leading to a medical emergency.  If your child is having any of these sign, call your doctor or get medical help immediately: 


  • Struggling to breathe or breathing increased 50% or more above normal  asthma
  • Difficulty with sucking or eating leading to refusal to eat altogether
  • Cyanosis – very pale or blue coloring in face, lips, fingernails
  • Rapid movement of nostrils, ribs or stomach moving in and out deeply and rapidly
  • Expanded chest that does not deflate when child exhales
  • Trouble walking or talking, stops playing and cannot start again
  • Peak flow rate gets lower, or does not improve after treatment with bronchodilators


It is well known that cannot be cured, but it can certainly be prevented.  The key is the awareness; more aware you are about childhood asthma, better off you are dealing with it.  Awareness and proper treatment not only improves day-to-day breathing, but also reduces asthma flare-ups in your child.  Taking proper asthma prevention measures may also help to prevent damage to your child’s growing lungs.


Healthy breathing!



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