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my 8month old baby had rsv when he was 4month.since then the wheezing comes back.is something wrong with his lung?will he grow it out?thiss the 4 time

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Common issue: Many kids who have RSV will continue to have intermittent issues with wheezing during simple colds for a year or more. By age 5 about 70% will no longer have any wheezing issues.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Asthma: If he's wheezing repeatedly (heard by a doctor) and he requires treatment for his wheezing, he has asthma. The good news is that some children who do this as babies eventually stop wheezing as they grow. The only way to tell for sure is time; he might hit the age of six and never wheeze again, or it might be a problem for him as he gets bigger.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Fair chance: Approximately 1/3 of infants who had RSV infection experiences recurrent wheezing. However, by 6 years of age, at least half of these wheezers outgrow.

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