What all parents MUST know…the Symptoms of Childhood Asthma?

Almost a half a million children are brought to the emergency rooms annually with severe asthma symptoms.

Of that half a million, over half of that number is admitted to the hospital because their symptoms are so severe.  With that said, asthma can account for more childhood hospitalizations and emergency room visits, than any other childhood illness or disease. Asthma can also account for more days missed at school than any other childhood illness. These, along with other factors, make asthma one of the most emotional and expensive childhood illness there is.

These statistics do not include the children who may suffer from what is known as hidden asthma.

Symptoms of Childhood Asthma?

This term is used to describe cases of asthma that have been misdiagnosed as bronchitis, pneumonia, or colds.  Because asthma can be hard to diagnose by symptoms alone, some children with asthma do not get the medication they may need.

Many mild symptoms of asthma, such as shortness of breath, coughing spasms, and other common symptoms are often mistaken for symptoms of other things.  Knowing the symptoms of asthma in kids will increase the amount of children who can get the help they desperately need. Common symptoms of asthma in children include coughing, wheezing, and tightness in the chest.


Coughing is probably considered the most common symptom of children with asthma.

In many cases, coughing is the only clear symptom of asthma the child will display.  This is particularly true if the child frequently has a cough that lasts longer than the normal duration of a cold. If the child coughs excessively during physical exercise, or during the night without cold symptoms, these might be signs of asthma so be aware.

If a child complains that their chest hurts, or they say something to indicate they are not getting enough air into their lungs, they could be trying to describe tightness in the chest.  This is a symptom of asthma.

Some physical signs to look for to indicate difficult in breathing include:

  • flared nostrils
  • pursed lips
  • if the child his bent or hunched over

Other symptoms of asthma in children include frequent upper respiratory infections or bronchitis.

If you child displays these symptoms, it is important to have him seen by a physician at once, not only to be sure he is properly diagnosed, but so he may get the right asthma medication he may need to make breathing easier.