Childhood (Pediatric) Asthma

What is Pediatric Asthma?

In childhood asthma, the lungs and airways become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers, such as inhaling airborne pollen or catching a cold or another respiratory infection. Childhood asthma can cause bothersome daily symptoms that interfere with play, sports, school and sleep. In some children, unmanaged asthma can cause dangerous asthma attacks. states:

  • Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children under the age of 18, affecting 6.3 million.
  • 24 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 17 have some limited activity due to asthma.
  • Asthma is the leading cause of missed school days among children ages 5 to 17.

The underlying causes of childhood asthma aren’t fully understood. Developing an overly sensitive immune system generally plays a role.
Some factors thought to be involved include:

  • Inherited traits
  • Some types of airway infections at a very young age
  • Exposure to environmental factors, such as cigarette smoke or other air pollution


  • Frequent, intermittent coughing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest congestion or tightness
  • Chest pain, particularly in younger children

Click on the links below for more information on Childhood Asthma:

National organizations:
Pediatric Asthma Org
Mayo Clinic

Local organizations:
Florida Asthma Camps