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Wheezing or Asthma? by Dr. Paula Rooney

Many children will have an occasional wheezing episode in their early childhood. Rather than call it asthma -- which is a chronic, recurrent illness -- pediatricians initially call this wheezing ‘reactive airways’. The typical child develops a runny and stuffy nose or viral cold symptoms, and within one to three days, a tight, dry cough develops. Most parents do not hear wheezing until after the cough develops. If the wheezing becomes chronic and matches certain criteria, your child may be given a diagnosis of asthma.

Medicines used to relieve wheezing depend on whether the child needs quick relief or needs a maintenance medication to prevent wheezing. In the child who is wheezing and needs quick relief of respiratory symptoms, bronchodilators and steroids are typically used. Rapid acting bronchodilators are medicines that relax the muscles that surround the large breathing passages in the lungs, while oral steroids are used to quickly reduce inflammation in the breathing passages.


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