A diagnosis of asthma can be a little more difficult to make in younger children, especially when they have subtle symptoms, like a chronic cough without wheezing.
Asthma SymptomsTypical asthma symptoms can include one or more of the following:
- shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- coughing, either during the day or at night, but often worse at night and with exercise and activity
- chest pain or chest tightness
- decreases in your child's usual or predicted peak flow or poor performance on pulmonary function tests
What You Need To Know
- Talk to your Pediatrician if you think your child has any asthma symptoms.
- A Pediatric Pulmonologist is an asthma specialist that can help diagnose and treat kids with asthma, especially when a child has subtle symptoms and the diagnosis of asthma is not very clear cut.
- Younger children can cough and wheeze, which are typical asthma symptoms, when they have a viral infection, such as RSV, and it doesn't mean that they have asthma.
- There are other things that can cause a chronic cough besides asthma, including gastroesophageal reflux, allergies, whooping cough, etc.