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Asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders in children, and, for unknown reasons, is on the rise. Asthma is a reversible lung disease that inflames and narrows airways, causing chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. While there is no cure for asthma, with modern knowledge and proper treatment, you and your child can take an active role in managing this disease. If diagnosed, your child can live an active life and sleep through the night without ever experiencing asthma symptoms.
Leslie Deitch Noble, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, discusses risk factors for and signs of pediatric asthma:
What are the risk factors for developing childhood asthma?
What are common triggers that can cause a child with asthma to have “flare-ups” or asthma “attacks”?
How can you tell if your child has asthma? Symptoms are not the same for every child and symptoms may even vary from one attack to another in the same child, so diagnosis can be difficult. Here are common symptoms to watch out for and discuss with your child’s pediatrician:
If your child has prolonged experience with any of these symptoms, take them to their doctor immediately for evaluation.
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