Recognizing Asthma in Childhood

Asthma is a respiratory condition that makes people hard to breathe air.  This happens because the airways become inflamed in response to an allergen — something that the body perceives as foreign.  And so, the body tries its best from preventing  that particular  foreign body from entering the system.

Around 350 million people have asthma world wide and is said to be the 14% most important disorder in the world in terms of extent and duration of disability.  The problem of asthma is most serious among children aged 10-14 and the elderly aged 75-79.

Around 14% of children experience the symptoms of asthma.  This can be recognized with the following signs: wheezing or noisy breathing, coughing more common at night or early in the morning; a feeling of tightness in the chest; and trouble breathing.

If you are not sure if your child has asthma, there is an available test breathing test which children aged 6 years old and above can do.  A child with asthma may test positive for the examination compared to the normal population.

For more information about asthma and its signs and symptoms, contact your family doctor.



Crowley, K et. al. (2017). Asthma in Children: The Basics. UptoDate. Retrieved 23 July 2017, from


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