My Baby Is Wheezing. Is it Asthma?enparents out what the experts have to say.babies and asthma, infants and asthma, newborns and asthma, my baby has asthma, i think my baby has asthma, i think my infant has asthma, my baby is wheezing, newborn, newborns, infant, infants, baby, babies, breathing problems in babies, breathing problems, breathing problems in infants, breathing problems in newborns, difficulty breathing, wheeze, wheezes, wheezing, my baby wheezes, asthma09/22/200409/14/201709/14/2017Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD09/14/201798feae1f-2693-4e04-9883-07bdf8d89773<p><em>My baby is wheezing. The doctor wants her to get breathing treatments through a <a href="">nebulizer</a>. I'm worried! Could she have asthma?<br /></em><em>&ndash; Audrey</em></p> <p>Probably not. Many babies and young children wheeze due to <a href="">colds</a> or viruses and don't develop <a href="">asthma</a> when they're older.</p> <p>Young kids are more at risk for wheezing because their airways are very small. When they get a cold or other respiratory tract infection, these already small passages swell and fill with mucus much more easily than an older child's or an adult's. This can cause wheezing, <a href="">coughing</a>, and other symptoms that people with asthma get.</p> <p>Another thing to consider is how often your baby wheezes. One instance of wheezing isn't enough to diagnose asthma. It must happen more than once. But even when wheezing happens a bunch of times, it still might not be asthma, especially in young children. Most kids who wheeze as infants outgrow it and don't have asthma when they get older. So doctors usually can't make an asthma diagnosis until children are older, by about age 4 or 5.</p> <p>In the meantime, doctors will treat any asthma-like symptoms. They may prescribe <a href="">asthma medicines</a>, but probably won't officially diagnose a child with asthma unless symptoms continue.</p> <p>Share your concerns with your child's doctor, and ask about possible asthma if your daughter has:</p> <ul> <li>wheezing that has happened more than once (with or without illness)</li> <li>long-lasting coughing or coughing that get worse at night or after active playing</li> <li>any other breathing problem that concerns you</li> </ul> <p>The doctor may ask if your child has breathing problems in different circumstances, such as during a cold or when exposed to:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">cold air</a></li> <li>allergens, such as <a href="">pets</a> or <a href="">dust</a></li> <li>smoke</li> </ul> <p>It's important to tell the doctor about any family history of <a href="">allergies</a>, asthma, <a href="">eczema</a>, and sinus problems. This information and careful monitoring of your child over time will help the doctor decide if the symptoms are due to asthma or another problem.</p>
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