Asthma, chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs and airways, is the leading cause of chronic illness in children, affecting nearly 12-percent of all American children. The breathing condition is caused when the bronchial tubes develop sticky secretions along the tubes, causing classic asthmatic reactions when the airways become inflamed or restricted when coated in mucus.
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Asthma can show its first signs at any age, but most children develop tell tale symptoms by 5-years of age that are often antagonized by environmental factors—such as allergies, infection, physical activity, and even diet.
The primary symptoms of asthma include…
1. Chronic Cough
A chronic cough may be the first tell tale symptom of asthma. It may develop in frequent coughing spells, which are worse dependent on the time of day, physical exertion, or if anxious, laughing, or crying.