Asthma can affect those young and old. However, it may not be as noticeable in children, as they are always running around and getting winded. That said, asthma is more than just your child being winded after running about. There are other signs you should keep an eye out for as well. If your child has any type of breathing condition, you should take them to the pediatrician for a checkup and for any X-rays or tests to help determine what may be the problem. Read on for a few signs to determine if your child has asthma.
If your child is coughing a lot, especially when laying down or in the middle of the night, it may indicate asthma. This coughing may be because their lungs are not expanding properly, which makes it difficult to breathe when they are laying down. If you notice your child coughing a lot in the middle of the night, and they aren't ill in any other way, you should discuss this with the pediatrician. They will X-ray your child's lungs to see if there are any problems.
2. Trouble Breathing
If your child has trouble breathing, even when at rest, it could be asthma. This is especially true if you notice your child is deep breathing, even when not doing any type of activity. It could be triggered by allergens in the air, which is why it may be affecting your child when at rest. If you notice any issues with your child have trouble breathing, talk it over with the pediatrician. Be sure to document when your child is having these issues, as well as what other things may be the cause. For instance, document where your child was when this happened and what exactly they were doing.
If you notice that your child is wheezing when trying to catch their breath, it may be due to asthma. That sound that your child is making is not intentional and is very concerning. Your child is having trouble breathing and their lungs are not expanding as they should. If you notice this wheezing, take your child to the pediatrician.
Asthma can affect anyone, and catching it is key to getting your child treated for this condition. Treatment may include breathing treatments or an asthma inhaler. In some cases, surgery may be required. Take your child to the pediatrician if you suspect your child has issues with their breathing. Contact a pediatrician for more information.