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Your children may have asthma, and you might not know it. New research finds parents don't always recognize the symptoms.
Diagnosing asthma early can keep you from having irreversible lung damage later.
11-year old Blake Pauly is being tested to find out if he has asthma. His mom, Nancy, grew up with the condition.
Nancy Pauly says, "You just can't breathe, you're choking you feel like you're suffocating."
New research shows most people recognize wheezing and shortness of breath as signs of asthma, but not coughing.
Wichita allergist Dr. Thom Rosenberg says, "Coughing generally they say, 'Well gee, my kid doesn't wheeze therefore he doesn't have asthma' and there's something called cough component asthma sometimes kids the only thing they have is coughing they don't wheeze."
The tests show Blake may have asthma. But like his mom, medicine can help him feel much better. The key is to diagnose it early.
Dr. Rosenberg says, "The earlier we get kids and I'm talking kids 18 months, 2 years, 2 1/2 years, the earlier we get them we find we can prevent lung damage by treating them as early as possible."
You can find out if you have asthma for free this Friday. The screenings are for both adults and children. They're from 10am until 2pm at the Dillon's store on 21st and Rock Road.