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What happens during an asthma attack?

During an asthma attack, the walls of the airways inside the lungs swell up. When airways become narrow and clogged, less air can flow through them. This is what makes it hard to breathe. It can be pretty scary for your child — and you. Knowing what's going on will help everyone calm down and deal with the attack.

Talk to your doctor.

Check with your doctor if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • Wheezing or a whistling noise made while breathing.
  • A cough that just won't stop, especially at night, after exercise, or in cold weather.
  • Shortness of breath, especially when exercising.
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