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Sometimes, understanding what troubles your children can be quite a difficult task. This is mainly because children find it hard to explain the sensations they get when doing one or another thing and most of the times do not find the words to explain what exactly do they feel. Thus, discovering which the cause of your children's "pains" is may not be a very pleasant or rewarding exercise. Yet, when your child is not feeling good, you will have to observe them and ask them basic questions about the sensations they get when doing particular things, like running, playing or sleeping.
Asthma is one of the most common diseases which affects children. This is why it is highly important to know which its symptoms are. This will give you a clear idea about what you have to do next, plus it will function as a basis on which you can set your further observations.
The first thing you will have to know about asthma is that it affects your children's capacity of breathing. Thus, if your little one coughs frequently, has a rapid breathing or a whistling sound can be heard when breathing normally, then you should take your child to a doctor, who can confirm if what your child has is asthma. Most of the children usually have these symptoms when playing, sleeping or when laughing or crying, so you should pay attention to the way they act in each and every situation.
Also, asthma is associated with pains in the chest and tightened neck and chest muscles, so you should inquire your child if they feel some kind of pain or tightness when breathing or playing. These symptoms may vary from child to child, so that it is not necessary for all children to experience these pains in order to be asthmatics.
Shortness of breathing, tiredness, lack of energy, as well as periods of weakness can also be part of the asthma symptomatology. Yet, before actually jumping to the conclusion that your child has asthma, make sure that you also take them to a doctor, which can confirm or infirm the diagnosis. But it is absolutely necessary that you visit a doctor when your child has one (sometimes even cough alone can be a sign of asthma) or more of these symptoms.
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