Asthma – pediatric

Alternative Names

Pediatric asthma

Definition of Asthma – pediatric

Asthma is a disease of the respiratory system, which causes swelling and narrowing of the airways. Pediatric asthma refers to asthma in children.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

This article discusses asthma in children. For a more general discussion about the disease, please see asthma.

Signs and tests

The doctor will use a stethoscope to listen to the lungs. Asthma-related sounds may be heard. However, lung sounds are usually normal between asthma episodes.


You and your child’s pediatrician or allergist should work together as a team to create and carry out an asthma action plan. This plan should outline how to

Expectations (prognosis)

With proper treatment and a team approach to managing asthma, most children with asthma can live a normal life. Asthma, however, can be a life-threatening disease. It is important for families to work together with health care professionals to develop a plan to properly care for the child.


Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 4/26/2010

Peak flow meter
Normal versus asthmatic bronchiole

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