Wheezing is a sound produced by narrowed airways when breathing. As air passes through these constricted passages, it produces a high-pitched whistling sound. Wheezing can occur either when inhaling or exhaling though the latter is most common. A child who is wheezing is often experiencing difficulty breathing and may need to seek medical attention.

If your child is wheezing, you can help relieve his or her symptoms by placing your child in an area with warm, moist air. Many children find relief from wheezing after sitting in a steamy shower or sleeping in a room with a vaporizer. Drinking warm fluids may also be beneficial. Ensure that your children avoid exposure to tobacco smoke, which may worsen a wheezing cough.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes wheezing in children?

Wheezing can be a symptom of many different conditions, ranging from mild to severe? Some of the most common causes of wheezing in children include:

How do I know if my child should see a pulmonologist about his or her wheezing?

Your child may need to see a providers about wheezing if the condition appears for the first time or if it is recurrent without any explanation. Take your child to the nearest emergency room for wheezing caused by an allergic reaction or wheezing that is associated with shortness of breath, confusion or bluish skin.

What types of treatments are available for wheezing?

If your child is wheezing, a providers may first check for blockages in your child’s airway. If your child has not swallowed any foreign objects, he or she may be able to relieve a wheezing cough by prescribing an inhaler. Efforts may also be made to treat or manage the underlying condition responsible for wheezing, which may help minimize symptoms. In some cases, further medical interventions may be necessary.

Recurrent Pneumonia and Respiratory Tract Infections
Nearly all children have respiratory infections from time to time, which are some of the most common causes of pediatric providers and hospital visits. Usually, they are caused by viral infections or bacterial infections. However, some children develop recurrent infections, which may be a sign of an underlying pulmonary condition, such as bronchiectasis or COPD. Any child with recurrent pneumonia or other respiratory tract infections should see a pulmonologist to determine the cause of illness.

Did you know…

that most cases of recurrent pneumonia are diagnosed in children with a predisposing health condition? Recurrent pneumonia is recognized as two or more episodes of pneumonia in a 12-month period with x-ray confirmation of clearing in between. Symptoms of pneumonia may include fever, chills, body aches, and pain when breathing deep or coughing.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child see a pediatric pulmonologist for recurrent pneumonia or other respiratory tract infections?

Schedule a pulmonary appointment for your child if he or she has a recurring case of pneumonia or is frequently diagnosed with other respiratory infections, such as chronic bronchitis or sinusitis. Though recurrences of respiratory infections may be due to exposure to infectious agents, only a providers can determine what types of steps should be taken to treat your child and prevent additional infection in the future.

Is there anything that increases my child’s risk of developing recurrent respiratory tract infections?

Recurrent infections may be caused by one or more of many different reasons. Some children are simply exposed to more than one virus, bacteria or fungi that results in illness. However, recurrent respiratory infections may also be more likely in children with certain conditions or risk factors, such as those with asthma, a weakened immune system or frequent exposure to second-hand smoke.

What are the treatments for recurrent pneumonia and respiratory tract infections?

The treatment for pneumonia and respiratory tract infections is often an antibiotic. These medications may also work on some forms of recurrent pneumonia. However, many cases of recurrent pneumonia and other types of respiratory infections may require anti-inflammatory medications, at-home care, and treatment for underlying health conditions.

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