Diagnosing asthma in children

All you need to know about getting an asthma diagnosis and what you can do to help the process

Your questions answered

Getting an asthma diagnosis for your child can be a frustrating time, but there's lots of things you can do to help the process along.

Diagnosing asthma in children can take weeks, months or even years if your child is very young when they first have symptoms. This means the process of diagnosis can be a frustrating and worrying time for parents.

Here we explain more about the steps your child is likely to go through if you think they might have asthma, and what you can do to help the process along.

Is it asthma?

If you think your child might have asthma, find out more about the signs and symptoms of asthma, such as cough and wheeze, and how you can work with your GP to find out what’s going on.

Getting an asthma diagnosis for your child

If your GP thinks asthma is a possibility, your child might need tests and a ‘trial of treatment’ to see whether they have asthma. We explain this ‘suspected asthma’ stage of diagnosis and what you can do to support your child during this time. If your GP thinks your child might have severe asthma, you can read more about diagnosing severe asthma here.

When your child’s asthma diagnosis is confirmed

Parents tell us they feel all sorts of things when their child is diagnosed with asthma. Here we explore what a diagnosis of asthma means and look all the things you can do to help your child to stay symptom-free and get on with doing all the things they enjoy.

Last updated November 2016