Asthma in children

Symptoms of asthma in children

The symptoms of asthma are:

  • wheezing
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • a tight feeling in the chest - children may say their chest or tummy hurts

Your child may not have all these symptoms, and they probably won’t experience them all the time. You may notice that your child’s symptoms are worse at night, in the early morning and when they’re exposed to certain triggers.

If your child has severe asthma or if they’re not using their medication properly, they may have symptoms all the time.

If you have urgent concerns or need advice quickly, call our helpline on 03000 030 050 between 9am and 5pm on a weekday or email them.

Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.