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Signs of Asthma in Children

While being out of breath may seem normal when your child is in the heat of the game or is playing outside, this could be a subtle sign that your child could have asthma. When people picture asthma they often picture children gasping for air; however, this isn’t entirely accurate, and sometimes those minor symptoms of asthma can go undetected for years until an attack appears. The goal is to prevent an asthma-related emergency by ensuring that parents pick up on those telltale signs of childhood asthma. Here are some of those warning signs,

Shallow or rapid breathing
Shortness of breath
A wheezing or whistling sound as your child breathes out
Chest tightness
Persistent coughing that’s typically worse at night
Frequent chest colds
Extreme or excessive fatigue, especially after playing
Trouble sleeping due to a persistent cough
 

It isn’t always easy to diagnose asthma in children, as some children may not even display symptoms right away. Plus, there are many respiratory infections and diseases that can be confused with asthma. This is why it’s important that you have a qualified pediatrician that you trust to provide regular care, and that you are bringing your child in for routine check-ups throughout the year so that these symptoms can be detected and properly addressed.

There are many things that can trigger asthma symptoms in children, and this is something that our pediatrician Dr. Sangita Nagpal can discuss with your during your child’s appointment. By recognizing what triggers your child’s asthma you can avoid these common triggers,

Stress
Cold weather
Exercise
Seasonal allergies (pollen)
Pet dander
Fragrances and scents
Chemicals (e.g. detergents)
Smoke
 

When you turn to our pediatric team for care, we can provide your child with an action plan so that when symptoms arise the whole family knows how to handle it. Asthma can be properly controlled through medication designed to reduce inflammation in the airways and to prevent an asthma attack.

The sooner asthma is diagnosed the sooner we can get your child feeling their best. If you suspect that your child may have asthma, then call our team at Coastal Healthcare at (732) 370-9600 to schedule an immediate evaluation.

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