Asthma is a chronic lung condition that can present in a variety of ways. Some children have recurring labored breathing. Others present with chronic cough. Some children mainly exhibit exercise symptoms with shortness of breath, chest discomfort, wheezing, and cough. Although most children who have asthma have obvious symptoms of illness, others have more subtle symptoms that can cause persistent life dysfunction.
Children who have asthma mainly triggered by exercise will often limit their exercise activity or intensity to minimize their symptoms. Parents need to be suspicious of asthma when children prefer not to be active especially when they previously enjoyed a particular sport.
Night time symptoms of asthma presenting with mild persistent night cough or shortness of breath can sometimes be subtle and easily unrecognized. Asthma can lead to sleep disruption which can in turn create a state of mild persistent fatigue, tiredness, or mood change.
Pediatricians with Canyon View Pediatrics have been well trained in asthma management. This includes diagnosis, investigation of triggers including possible allergies, prevention, and medication management. If your child has asthma, or you suspect they might have asthma, we are glad to help.