In infants and children, asthma may appear as:
•Wheezing (whistling sound) when breathing
•Complaints of chest hurting
•Feeling weak or tired
Some children have symptoms only when exercising or playing a sport. This is called exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Risk factors for developing childhood asthma include:
•Family history of allergies and/or asthma
•Frequent respiratory infections
•Low birth weight
•Second-hand smoke before and/or after birth
•Growing up in an urban environment
Asthma symptoms can be controlled. This is extremely important in order to prevent damage to growing lungs.
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