How can I tell if my child has asthma?

Recurrent sxs... Asthma symptoms, which occur episodically, include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. During these episodes, the patient may be hypoxic so it is important that an emergent eval by a doctor be sought and an er visit may be necessary. Call 911 if the symptoms are severe. Between episodes, most patients are normal.
Clues or symptoms. By watching and listening for clues or symptoms you can tell if your child might have asthma. Another word for clues is symptoms. Asthma symptoms include: coughing, wheezing (a whistling sound heard when your child breathes in or out), shortness of breath, chest pains or tightness.

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How can I tell if my child has asthma?

Asthma in toddler. In younger children, we don't have a good tool to make a diagnosis of asthma like in older kids or adult. Instead, we base the diagnosis by assessing their risks of developing asthma. Parental history of asthma is a big risk for the kid to have asthma. If she has any atopic diseases or sensitivities to the environments or history of wheezes, her risk of having asthma is very high. Read more...
Symptoms. The usual symptoms of asthma are recurrent episodes of cough, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath that occur more frequently at night (3 am) and with exercise. A cough that lingers way beyond the usual with a common cold is also typical. Other common triggers that suggest asthma are cold air, smoke or other forms of air pollution. Children over 5 yrs old can do breathing test also. Read more...