Spot the Symptoms and Take Action
Coughing is the primary symptom of asthma. Children who have asthma often start coughing after running, laughing or crying. They seem to cough more at night and have colds, bronchitis and other upper respiratory infections more frequently than children who do not have asthma. Other symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.
When having an asthma attack, children may have trouble talking or they may panic, becoming very anxious. Younger children may complain of stomachaches, headaches or scratchy, sore throats when their asthma is worsening. Other signs include lethargy or reduced energy, running out of breath, being unable to talk, neck muscles tightening or clenching with each breath, chest sucking in with each breath, and lips or nail beds turning grayish or blue.
If your child is having an asthma attack:
- Remain calm.
- Follow your child's emergency asthma action plan. (Talk with your family doctor ahead of time about what rescue medication to have on hand and exactly what to do when an asthma attack occurs.)
- Help your child use his rescue inhaler properly.
- Encourage your child to breathe slowly and deeply.
- Call your family doctor if symptoms don't improve.
- Call 911 if your child is getting worse or having difficulty breathing.
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