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When is the earliest that asthma can be diagnosed in a new baby?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Hard to say

Most definitions of asthma depend on lung function testing, which is not commonly done before age 5 or 6.
Children who wheeze prior to age three may or may not develop asthma that stretches further into childhood. In a baby, shortness of breath or wheezing that goes away with asthma inhalers is suggestive, but we often won't make a diagnosis of asthma until at least age 3 or later.

In brief: Hard to say

Most definitions of asthma depend on lung function testing, which is not commonly done before age 5 or 6.
Children who wheeze prior to age three may or may not develop asthma that stretches further into childhood. In a baby, shortness of breath or wheezing that goes away with asthma inhalers is suggestive, but we often won't make a diagnosis of asthma until at least age 3 or later.
Dr. Gary Steven
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Dr. Lee Perry
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Difficult to answer

The diagnosis of asthma is based on several factors.
In older children and adults, lung function testing can be performed. However, in infants, such testing is not possible. Therefore, the diagnosis of asthma in infants is based on symptoms such as cough, wheeze and shortness of breath. Other factors such as family history and coexistent diagnoses (i.e. Eczema or food allergy) can also help.

In brief: Difficult to answer

The diagnosis of asthma is based on several factors.
In older children and adults, lung function testing can be performed. However, in infants, such testing is not possible. Therefore, the diagnosis of asthma in infants is based on symptoms such as cough, wheeze and shortness of breath. Other factors such as family history and coexistent diagnoses (i.e. Eczema or food allergy) can also help.
Dr. Lee Perry
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Cloudy picture

Infants get viral infections that trigger wheezing as infants (rsv & others) & are often treated with the same meds we use for asthma.
Many have repeated episodes & come from families that have asthma. As many as 70% of these grow out of this by school age, so calling it asthma is a bit of a stretch. On the other hand, the worst kid i rxd over 18yrs for asthma spent part of his 1st yr in the icu.

In brief: Cloudy picture

Infants get viral infections that trigger wheezing as infants (rsv & others) & are often treated with the same meds we use for asthma.
Many have repeated episodes & come from families that have asthma. As many as 70% of these grow out of this by school age, so calling it asthma is a bit of a stretch. On the other hand, the worst kid i rxd over 18yrs for asthma spent part of his 1st yr in the icu.
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