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This information was reviewed and approved by Ann Mullen, RN, CNS, AE-C, CDE, TTS (6/1/2017).

Emotions do not cause asthma, but if a child has asthma, emotions can trigger symptoms of asthma. Strong emotional feelings can lead to changes in breathing patterns. 

When a child with asthma who has sensitive airways experiences this, it can make asthma worse. Simple reactions such as laughing or crying can cause asthma symptoms. Strong emotions such as anger, fear and feelings of stress can also cause asthma symptoms. However, it is important to express emotions, and good asthma management can minimize the effect of emotions. If your child is experiencing chronic distress or has emotional problems, it may be especially important to talk with your doctor because of their additional effect on your child’s asthma and lifestyle.

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