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How do i tell that my 4 months old baby is suffering from asthma ?

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Dr. John Overholt
Allergy and Immunology 26 years experience
Infection: Most wheezing in infants is due to infections, not asthma. An infant's airway is so small that any swelling from an infection can lead to wheezing. Most asthma physicians would not label a child as asthmatic until after their third birthday.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Too young 2 tell: Kids with a strong family history of asthma, may eventually carry that tag later in life. Yet in infancy there are many conditions that wheeze that will fade by school age (~70%).Viral infections of the small airways like rsv, can recur each year & look like asthma & sometimes benefit from the same meds. Most use asthma as a label for recurrent wheezing in the absence of infection.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Should i be concerned if my 4 month old baby was diagnosed with asthma yesterday?

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 14 years experience
Asthma in infant: In younger children, we don't have a good tool to make a diagnosis of asthma like in older kids or adult. Instead, we base the diagnosis by assessing their risks of developing asthma. Parental history of asthma is a big risk for the kid to have asthma. If your child is diagnosed with asthma, you should bring him or her to see a local allergist or pediatric pulmonologist for better management.
A 48-year-old member asked:

My 4 month old baby was diagnosed with asthma yesterday. Isn't that too young to get it?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Bronchiolitis: At 4 months old wheezing is usually caused by certain viral illnesses and they sound like asthma, but officially you can't really lable them as asthmatic. Having said that many (40-60+%) have wheezing later in infancy and childhood and truly bcome asthmatic. At 4 months the terminololgy is bronchiolitis.

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