What are the signs and symptoms of pediatric asthma?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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In an acute episode of asthma, symptoms vary according to the episode’s severity. Infants and young children suffering a severe episode display the following characteristics:

  • Breathless during rest

  • Not interested in feeding

  • Sit upright

  • Talk in words (not sentences)

  • Usually agitated

With imminent respiratory arrest, the child displays the aforementioned symptoms and is also drowsy and confused. However, adolescents may not have these symptoms until they are in frank respiratory failure.

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