From Nurse Gina:

Asthma- What are symptoms?

Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of asthma are mistaken for a cough, colds or a respiratory issue.  It is hard to determine if your child has asthma of just the “common cold”.

The following questions may help:

  • Does your child cough a lot at night or in the morning?
  • Does your child wheeze or cough while exercising or playing?
  • When exposed to dust, allergens, smoke, or strong odors, does your child wheeze, cough or experience chest tightness?
  • When your child has a cold, does it seem to settle into their chest and take more than 10 days to clear up?
  • Do you have to give your child cough medicine more than once a month?
  • Has your child had pneumonia or bronchitis more than once in any given year?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, talk to your pediatrician about your child’s symptoms. It may also be necessary to ask for a referral to a pediatric allergist to determine if your child has asthma.

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