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Asthma in Children Under 5 Years Old

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Many children develop asthma before the age of five. There are a number of conditions that can cause asthma-like symptoms, however, if your child’s symptoms are caused by asthma, an early diagnosis is very important.

Asthma in children differs by age group:

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • 4-year-olds

Each of those categories require a different treatment and have different symptoms.  Asthma in children also varies from child to child, and symptoms may get better or worse at certain times.

What are the Symptoms?

The most common asthma symptoms for children under five years old are:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Having trouble breathing
  • Having an uncomfortable feeling in the chest
  • Recurring bronchitis

If your child is an infant, a common symptom is slow feeding or slow breath during feeding.

For toddlers, you may notice that their desire for playing and other activities  continuously decreases.

If your child is under5 year of age, their asthma can be worsen by a cold or other types or respiratory infections.

Which cases can be considered asthma emergencies?

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening and require a trip to the emergency room for some children. Signs and symptoms that can signal an asthma emergency include:

  • Gasping for air
  • Breathing is so hard that the abdomen is stuck under the ribs.
  • When having trouble speaking due to difficulty in breathing.

We are currently seeking participants for several asthma studies. Speak with us today to learn more!

Resource: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/childhood-asthma/in-depth/asthma-in-children/art-20044376

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