Asthma is increasingly prevalent among children. Nearly one in 10 American children now has asthma, a sharp rise that still has scientists searching for a cause. An estimated 6.5 million children under age 18 (8.9%) are now diagnosed with the disease. The rate of childhood asthma has more than doubled since 1980, according to the CDC.
Asthma symptoms can vary from episode to episode in the same child. Signs and symptoms of asthma to look for include:
* Frequent coughing spells, which may occur during play, at nighttime, or while laughing. It's important to know that coughing with asthma may be the only symptom present.
* Less energy during play.
* Rapid breathing.
* Complaint of chest tightness or chest "hurting."
* Whistling sound when breathing in or out. This whistling sound is called wheezing.
* Seesaw motions in the chest from labored breathing. These motions are called retractions.
* Shortness of breath, loss of breath.
* Tightened neck and chest muscles.
* Feelings of weakness or tiredness.
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