Pharmacy Corner
When Every Breath Matters: Asthma in Children What are signs and symptoms that my child may have asthma?
Asthma signs

Every person with asthma is different. The most common symptoms of asthma are1:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing (a whistling, squeaky sound when you breathe)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest tightness

It is not just about the symptoms but when and how often they happen. Your child may have asthma if he/she1:

  • Regularly has shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, or cough
  • Has worse symptoms in the night or early morning
  • Has symptoms that happen with certain infections (cold, flu, or chest infection)
  • Has symptoms that happen with exercising, playing, laughing
  • Has symptoms that happen after coming into contact with poor air conditions (smoke, pollen, dust)

If your child has these symptoms, it is a good idea to bring him/her to the doctor.