Talking to Your Child’s Provider

Consider talking to your child’s provider if you observe any of the following signs or symptoms, as they may indicate a condition other than asthma:

  • Greasy, oily stools
  • Failure to maintain a normal growth velocity
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Unusual skin infections
  • Coughs frequently when drinking fluids or eating food
  • Makes a loud, high-pitched noise when breathing in or out

You should also talk to your child’s provider if your child with asthma has received two or more courses of oral steroids in a 12-month period of time. Asthma guidelines recommend that an inhaled corticosteroid be started at this point.