Asthma is the most common chronic medical problem in children. The most common symptoms are wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and chest pain.
Asthma symptoms can be triggered with allergies, exposure to cigarette smoke, with a cold or with exercise. A child that only has symptoms of asthma with exercise may have exercise-induced asthma (EIA).
For most children with EIA, proper diagnosis, treatment and prevention measures will allow your child to continue with exercise and remain active. Call your child’s doctor if your child is experiencing any signs or symptoms of exercise-induced asthma, shortness of breath or wheezing that is quickly getting worse, or if there is no improvement after using an inhaler your child has been prescribed.