Community Pediatric Asthma Service

Asthma Diagnosis Check List

Your child may have asthma, a condition which causes narrowing and swelling of the airways or bronchial tubes in your lungs.  But what are the signs or symptoms?

Review the two documents below and if you have questions, make an appointment with your family doctor to discuss them.


Your child may have asthma if they experience:

Coughing at night

A cough can also be due to hay fever, (allergic rhinitis)   (stuffy, runny nose) or sinus infection, which often exist with asthma. Post-nasal drip (increased mucus that drains from the nose down the back of your throat) may also cause coughing when you are going to sleep and just after waking in the morning.

Show symptoms after exercise

Coughing and shortness of breath or wheeze 3 to 5 minutes after the start of vigorous exercise might also indicate asthma . Not everyone who has asthma wheezes; some people only have a cough.

The cough that won't go away

A cough (especially in the middle of the night) or several weeks after you have a cold, or the cold that just won't "go away", may be asthma symptoms.

Allergic "cough"

Coughing, shortness of breath or wheeze within 12 hours of being exposed to asthma irritants such as animal dander, smoke, molds, dust, etc. are often referred to as "triggers" and cause asthma symptoms.


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