5 steps to find the right doctor for you
My young daughter has been wheezing lately—could that mean she has asthma?
Maybe. But maybe not:
- Not all children who wheeze develop asthma.
- Not all children with asthma wheeze.
A number of conditions can cause wheezing in children. In addition to asthma, they include:
- Lower respiratory infections, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
- Airway structural abnormalities
- Conditions affecting the vocal cords
- Choking episodes
- Allergies, such as food allergies
However, wheezing—particularly recurrent wheezing—does strongly suggest asthma may be present. If your child continues wheezing, take her to the doctor.
Let the doctor know if:
- You’ve observed any of the following additional asthma symptoms in your child:
- Frequent bouts of coughing
- Coughing that gets worse after vigorous physical activity or weather changes
- Recurrent chest tightness and/or breathing problems
- There’s a family history of allergies and/or asthma