How do I know if my child has asthma?

Symptoms, tests. Symptoms of pediatric asthma are cough, wheeze, and/or difficulty breathing/shortness of breath that is recurrent and commonly triggered by colds, exercise, cold air and at night. If over 5 yrs old a breathing test called spirometry will be done. Albuterol that treats asthma can be used and if symptoms improve, that is suggestive. Chest x-ray usually normal. Allergies commonly coincide.

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How do I know if my child has asthma?

Wheezing. Symptoms are wheezing and shortness of breath. I would refer you to our healthtaps pediatrician to give you further information. My practice is on adults only in surgery and self-healing meditation to treat cancers and chronic illnesses as a secondary support management of complementary medicine. Read more...
Expiratory wheezing. Everything from allergic rhinitis to full blown asthma attack is because of your immune systems responce to your environment. A lot of children present with constant runny noses and mom and dad don't notice the wheezing. Later as the child is exposed to more allergens they notice that it gets more difficult to breath in certain situations like exercising, or when it gets cold. Wheezing...... Read more...
History. History of symptoms tends to be very important in children. Cough with exertion, laughing or crying, cough with uris, wheezing, or cough at night, all can be clues to childhood asthma. A physical exam helps and then as the child gets older, specialized lung function tests can be done to confirm the diagnosis. Read more...

How do I know if my child has asthma if he coughs a lot?

Hints. If he coughs when he runs, horse around, or laughs, these are suggestive of asthma. He may also cough at night. The presence of wheezing would also helps. Read more...
Detailed evaluation. He needs to be evaluated by his pcp to r/o other causes of a prolonged cough besides asthma. Read more...