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Stubborn Cough Could Be an Asthma Symptoms in Children

Updated on November 6, 2015

Symptoms of asthma not always shortness of breath or wheezing sound. Parents and teachers in schools should be observant to recognize symptoms of asthma in children, because a stubborn cough is a symptom of asthma.

Not everyone can know with certainty what caused the cough, because there are so many conditions or diseases are accompanied by a stubborn cough.

As quoted from the Health, there are 8 conditions that can cause stubborn cough, namely:

1. Asthma and allergies

2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)


4. Respiratory tract infections

5. Air Pollution

6. Acute bronchitis

7. Use of ACE inhibitor drugs

8. Pertussis

Meaning of stubborn cough is including some similar circumstances, namely:

1. A cough that lasts longer, usually more than 2 weeks

2. Difficult recovery

3. Improved briefly and then relapse again

4. Arise repeatedly in a short time interval

Cough in children with asthma will arise if the child is exposed to the trigger factors, which can be:

1. Home environment, such as house dust, cigarette smoke, cotton, or fur

2. Food, such as ice, candy, chocolate, peanuts, fried, savory snacks containing MSG

3. Other factors, such as influenza (acute respiratory infection), excessive physical activity, fatigue or weather changes

Asthma coughing has another characteristic, which is more severe at night or early morning, or on waking

Sometimes the cough intensity difference between the day and night so extreme. Consequently, the children who already in school will be sleepy at school or even skipping.

This is what usually makes the achievement of children with asthma decreased. But a severe asthma symptoms and their impact on achievement in school can be overcome, if the symptoms of asthma in children can be recognized by both as well as avoidance of factors originators.

Other symptoms of asthma in children, namely:

1. Cough with phlegm, repeated, long

2. Breath wheezing sound

3. Fast and shortness of breath

4. Chest Pain

5. Hard to say

6. Blue around the mouth


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    • WriterDJ profile image

      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      Hello Roy, thanks to you too for reading. Actually there are still more information related to asthma, just not find good time to write it since I've had another busyness lately

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      Roy Perrin 6 years ago from Jacksonville, NC

      I am now 34 years old and was diagnosed a few years ago with mild asthma triggered by either extreme activity or weather changes. My symptoms seem to be mostly seasonal as the weather changes from summer to fall and from winter to spring. I have met some doctors who don't subscribe to the exercise and weather induced asthma "theories" and it makes me wonder how much is really known about the specifics. Thanks for the article. I am glad to see there is actually some information out there on the topic.

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      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      Hello northweststarr, thanks for coming and commenting

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      northweststarr 6 years ago from Washington State

      Glad you addressed this issue! This was indeed the case with my eldest daughter a couple of years ago. Now at age 7, the cough is under control!

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      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      Thanks Silver Poet, let's remind all parent to more aware of their children's health

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      You're right. Asthma is more prevalent in children than most might think. It's good to pay attention.