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For Kids: Asthma Symptoms and Triggers

You can learn how to help control your asthma. One way is to learn about the things that make your symptoms worse or cause you to have flare-ups. You can also learn early signs of a flare-up. The more you know, the easier it will be to control your asthma.

Boy having an asthma attack
Get to know your asthma signs and symptoms.

Know Your Early Signs and Symptoms

How do you feel when your asthma begins to flare up? You may have trouble sleeping. Or you may feel tired and weak. Make sure you know what to do if you feel any of your early signs. Your health care provider most likely instructed you to take medicine. Check your early warning signs:

Image Coughing

Image Waking up at night with symptoms (for example, coughing) 

Image Breathing faster

Image Feeling tight in your chest

Image Wheezing, or a whistling sound when breathing

Image Feeling out of breath

Image Feeling tired

Image Other symptoms: _____________________________

Father and daughter standing together. Father is throwing away his cigarettes.
Ask your family to help you get rid of the asthma triggers in your home.

Know Your Asthma Triggers

Some things make your asthma symptoms worse or cause a flare up. They are called asthma triggers. Try to stay away from them or control them. Here are some common asthma triggers. Check the triggers that make your asthma flare up:

Image Pets

Image Cold air   

Image Mold

Image Pollen

Image Perfume 

Image Dust 

Image A cold/flu 

Image Smoke

Image Air pollution   

Image Grass

Image Strong smells  

Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth, RN, M.Ed.
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically-affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 8/18/2014
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