When diagnosing asthma in children, a test is typically administered to measure the amount of airflow in the lungs. Younger children, however, may have difficulty completing this test, because it requires blowing very hard into a tube. Further, children of infant or toddler age are unable to communicate painful feelings with precision, which is why parents and other caregivers need to be on the lookout for certain symptoms.
These potential asthma symptoms can be anything from a cough that lingers for weeks to more acute emergencies with breathing. Below are some of the most common symptoms that could indicate childhood asthma.
- Coughing at night
- Wheezing when breathing out
- Difficulty breathing, or rapid breathing, that causes rib and neck skin to become tight
- Frequent chest colds
If a child exhibits the symptoms on a regular basis, it’s best to consult a physician to be sure that asthma or some other, deeper issue is not at play.