Asthma is a breathing disorder that causes the small airways in your child's lungs to become inflamed or swollen and make it hard for your child to breathe.
During an asthma attack, your child may cough, wheeze and have a hard time breathing. Other symptoms of asthma include: history of long-term (chronic) cough, frequent coughing, shortness of breath during exercise or a cough while sleeping.
Call your health care provider if your child has asthma symptoms.
Your health care provider can help you create an asthma management plan to guide you in treating your child's asthma.
Call your health care provider to schedule an appointment if your child:
There are some "triggers" which can make asthma worse, such as:
Your child may have different triggers.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic