How to Recognize
Asthma in Children

Check for symptoms of childhood asthma

Just as not all kids are alike, not all children with asthma have the same symptoms. Only a doctor can diagnose the type of asthma your child may have and determine its severity. The doctor may perform a lung function test, ask about medical history (including which symptoms your child has and how often they occur) and do a physical exam.

Your child's asthma symptoms can also vary over time. The type of symptoms, how often they occur and how severe they are can range from being just annoying, to being bothersome enough to limit daily activities, to requiring hospitalization.

Asthma symptoms in kids include1:

  • Wheezing or coughing at night
  • Sleeping poorly due to trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty breathing during or after physical activity

Does your child have these asthma symptoms and frequent respiratory infections? If so, he or she may be at a higher risk of developing asthma that continues beyond six years of age. Other risk factors include having allergies, eczema (an allergic skin condition) or parents who have asthma.1

Most, but not all, children who have asthma also have allergies. So it's important to identify asthma triggers, such as mold, dust, pollen and dander, that can cause asthma attacks in your child.

Concerned that your child may have asthma? Use the asthma symptoms checklist and then talk with your child's healthcare provider.

Approved Uses
QVAR® (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is used in the ongoing treatment of asthma as preventative therapy in patients 5 years of age or older.

Important Safety Information
  • QVAR does not replace quick-relief inhalers for sudden symptoms
  • Do not use QVAR if you are allergic to beclomethasone dipropionate or any of the ingredients in QVAR
  • Do not use QVAR more often than it is prescribed. Do not stop taking QVAR abruptly without talking to your healthcare provider
  • QVAR may cause serious side effects, including:
    • Fungal infections (thrush). Tell your healthcare provider if you have any redness or white-colored patches in your mouth or throat. Rinse your mouth with water without swallowing after using QVAR to help prevent an infection in your mouth or throat
    • Worsening asthma or sudden asthma attacks. After using your rescue inhaler, contact your healthcare provider right away if you do not get relief from your sudden asthma attacks
    • Reduced adrenal function. This potentially life-threatening condition can happen when you stop taking oral corticosteroid medicines and start using QVAR. Tell your healthcare provider right away about any symptoms such as: tiredness, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and dizziness or faintness
    • Immune system effects or infection. Tell your healthcare provider about any signs or symptoms, such as: fever, pain, body aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea, or vomiting
    • Increased wheezing right after QVAR use. Always have a rescue inhaler with you to treat sudden wheezing
    • Serious allergic reactions. Stop using QVAR and call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you get any of the following: hives; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; rash; or breathing problems
    • Slowed growth in children. Children should have their growth checked regularly while using QVAR
    • Lower bone density. This may be a problem for people who already have a higher chance for this condition
    • Eye problems. If you have had glaucoma, cataracts or blurred vision in the past, you should have regular eye exams while using QVAR
  • The most common side effects of QVAR include: headache, throat irritation, and sinus irritation

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  1. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: Accessed June 17, 2014.