You’ve noticed that your five-year-old always seems to have coughing fits and some shortness of breath while playing on the playground. None of the other children seem to do this.
Your 18-month-old seems to wheeze frequently at night and wakes up with coughing fits, but everything seems fine during the day.
Every time your two-year-old catches a cold, it turns into several days of wheezing that sometimes requires a visit to the doctor’s office.
Your ten-year-old occasionally complains of tight chest and difficulty breathing, and can’t tolerate active sports as well as the other kids.
These are all common situations that fall under the broad category of asthma. Not all of these situations are actually labeled as asthma, but they do warrant evaluation by a physician. This discussion will help you identify if your child may have a form of asthma and how it is best treated and prevented.
The first step in learning about asthma is to understand what asthma is, how it affects the lungs, what the major symptoms are, and what the different types are.