Childhood Asthma (Pediatric Asthma) Defined
Childhood asthma (pediatric asthma) is the most common serious chronic disease in infants and children; yet is often difficult to diagnose.
In infants and children, asthma may appear as:
• Wheezing (whistling sound) when breathing
• Rapid breathing
• Labored breathing
• Complaints of chest hurting
• Reduced energy
• Feeling weak or tired
Some children have symptoms only when exercising or playing a sport. This is called exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Childhood asthma, just like asthma in adults, can't be cured. But with the right medications and treatment plan, symptoms can be controlled. This is extremely important in order to prevent damage to growing lungs.
Risk factors for developing childhood asthma include:
• Family history of allergies and/or asthma
• Frequent respiratory infections
• Low birth weight
• Second-hand smoke before and/or after birth
• Growing up in a low income, urban environment
Learn more about asthma symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management.
An allergist / immunologist, often referred to as an allergist, can help. An allergist has advanced training and experience to determine what is causing the symptoms and develop a treatment plan to help your child feel better and live better.
The AAAAI's Find an Allergist / Immunologist service is a trusted resource to help you find a specialist close to home.