Frequent Questions

Do children outgrow asthma?

No. Asthma is a lifelong disease. Some children may have fewer symptoms in their teens but they still have asthma.

The pattern of wheezing seen in young children can make this issue confusing.

About two thirds of children-age 6 and younger-- who wheeze when they have a cold do not have wheezing after age 6. Many of these children may be initially diagnosed with asthma. This does not mean they "outgrew" their asthma--it usually means that they probably didn't have asthma in the first place.

If your child has symptoms including wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest or shortness of breath, it is important to talk with your child's doctor. If your child has asthma, your doctor will help you develop a treatment plan so your child can lead a healthy, active life.

To learn more about managing asthma visit www.epa.gov/asthma/triggers.html or www.noattacks.org
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