Asthma is a condition that causes inflammation in the airways. It is the most common long-term condition in children. Asthma can start at any time of life but is likely to begin in childhood. Common symptoms of childhood asthma include:
Symptoms occur often at night or in the early morning. Sometimes symptoms can worsen over hours or minutes, leading to severe obstruction of the airways known as an asthma attack. Acute asthma is the most frequent cause of admission to hospital in children of all ages.