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Signs Of Asthma In Kids

by Stephen Silva

If you have kids, you have probably watched them breathe and paid attention to every little thing they do. If you've noticed your child doing some things a little differently such as not being able to finish an entire sentence without becoming breathless, it could be a sign of asthma. Read on for other signs of asthma to keep an eye out for in your child.


If your child is wheezing when he breathes, it could be a sign of asthma. Listen to your child breathe while sitting or even sleeping. If you notice a wheezing noise, it's important to bring this up to your child's physician.

Shortness Of Breath

Shortness of breath is another sign of asthma, one that is fairly common when you think of asthma. Your child may breathe heavy when doing something such as running around the yard, but if your child is short of breath just from walking, talking or even short of breath when eating it could be a sign of asthma.

Sweating Profusely

Sweating profusely when not doing anything exerting can also be a sign of asthma. If your child is sweating profusely when sitting and watching television, while eating or when reading a book, it could be an issue with your child's breathing.


If your child is coughing and doesn't have a cold or allergies, it could be a sign of asthma. This is especially true if your child is coughing at night or when laying down to watch television or to read. Your child may not cough as much when sitting up.

Other Signs

  • A runny nose and other sinus issues that occur often.
  • Skin problems such as eczema, sensitive skin or itchy skin.

If you suspect your child has asthma or you notice some breathing issues in your child, it's important to take your child to the doctor right away for a checkup to diagnose your child with asthma or to rule out asthma. Your child's physician may run a few different types of tests.

Your child's physician may listen to your child's lungs and watch your child's chest while he breathes. The physician may also check the blood oxygen level with a pulse oximetry machine. The physician may also run a blood test to rule out anything else that could be going on with your child. 

Asthma could go undetected in your child if you aren't sure what to watch out for. If you suspect a breathing problem or asthma in your child, make an appointment with your preferred asthma doctor and discuss the symptoms.