Children with recurrent cough, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath may have one or more forms of asthma. Left untreated, asthmatic children often have less stamina than other children, or avoid physical activities to prevent coughing or wheezing. Sometimes they will complain that their “chest hurts” or that they cannot “catch their breath.” Colds may “go straight to their chest.” They may cough when sick, particularly at night.
Asthma has multiple causes, and it is not uncommon for two or more different causes to be present in one child. Asthma is not just “wheezing.” Coughing, recurrent bronchitis and shortness of breath, especially when exercising, are also ways that asthma appears.
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