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Respiratory Difficulties in Children


Respiratory difficulties in children are quite common, and for the most part they are not permanent.

There are some children that do suffer from respiratory difficulties until they are teenagers or adults.

Asthma is a common condition that many children eventually grow out of as they age.

Children that go to school or that are in daycare throughout the week are those who often experience these respiratory difficulties the most.

Six respiratory difficulties in children per year is quite normal.

Some symptoms of respiratory difficulties

Below is a list of the most common respiratory symptoms:

  • Red eyes
  • Fever
  • Hoarse Voice or loss of vocals
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph node glands
  • Runny Nose


Asthma is known to be one of the most chronic respiratory issues in children. With this illness the small lung airways become inflamed, and this is what causes the child to wheeze; which makes it difficult for the child to breathe.

It is common for this illness to go undiagnosed and untreated in children. Asthmatic issues can lead to various other issues in a child’s health later on down the line.

Many of those who are under diagnosed or not diagnosed at all for asthma may experience severer health issues later on in life.

Noticing the signs of Asthma

It is important to pay close attention to your child if you suspect that he/she has asthma, because there are many other conditions that mimic asthma symptoms.

For the most part, you don’t want to guess and diagnose your child on your own; you should take your child to the doctor to verify any suspicion of symptoms.

Below are some symptoms of asthma that you should watch for:

  • Cough that gets worse at night
  • (Consider) Family history of asthma
  • Eczema
  • Pet hair, pollen, or perfume allergies



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