oa South African Family Practice - Diagnosis of childhood asthma : review article

Volume 53, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Childhood asthma is characterised by episodes of wheezing and coughing, particularly at night. The cough is typically non-productive of sputum and is irritating and persistent. It is most troublesome in the early hours of the morning, especially between 1-2 am. Chronic cough may be a presenting symptom in young children. Wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath become more obvious in children older than three years.

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