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Why can't I get confirmation from my doctor that my baby has asthma?
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
5 doctors agree
In brief: Difficult to diagnos
The diagnosis of asthma is best established with lung function tests that are not feasible in babies.
However national guidelines from the nih do give some criteria: recurrent episodes of wheezing, troublesome cough at night, cough or wheeze after exercise cough, wheeze or chest tightness after exposure to airborne allergens or pollutants colds “go to the chest” or take more than 10 days to clear.

In brief: Difficult to diagnos
The diagnosis of asthma is best established with lung function tests that are not feasible in babies.
However national guidelines from the nih do give some criteria: recurrent episodes of wheezing, troublesome cough at night, cough or wheeze after exercise cough, wheeze or chest tightness after exposure to airborne allergens or pollutants colds “go to the chest” or take more than 10 days to clear.
Dr. Arthur Torre
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Difficult diagnosis
Asthma is a difficult diagnosis to make in young children.
Up to 40% will have occasional wheezing with respiratory infections that resolve as the child gets older. Many docs will avoid diagnosing asthma in young children for this reason. Also, spirometry or breathing tests cannot be performed accurately until about 4 years of age. Recurrent wheezing beyond age 6 is more likely to be asthma.

In brief: Difficult diagnosis
Asthma is a difficult diagnosis to make in young children.
Up to 40% will have occasional wheezing with respiratory infections that resolve as the child gets older. Many docs will avoid diagnosing asthma in young children for this reason. Also, spirometry or breathing tests cannot be performed accurately until about 4 years of age. Recurrent wheezing beyond age 6 is more likely to be asthma.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: May be it is not
Many infants have predisposing factors such as family history as well as a history of atopy or cows milk allergy.
Some babies wheeze because they have reflux, others develop chronic wheezing problems secondary to infections such as rsv. Do not forget environmental factors such as second hand smoke and exposure to fumes. Yet it does not mean your child will be an asthmatic.

In brief: May be it is not
Many infants have predisposing factors such as family history as well as a history of atopy or cows milk allergy.
Some babies wheeze because they have reflux, others develop chronic wheezing problems secondary to infections such as rsv. Do not forget environmental factors such as second hand smoke and exposure to fumes. Yet it does not mean your child will be an asthmatic.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Too young
We don't like to label kids at such a young age.
Most kids outgrow their R.A.D (reactive airway disease) which is basically a childhood asthma. If symptoms persist once older, maybe by 4-5 yo then asthma might be more mentioned.

In brief: Too young
We don't like to label kids at such a young age.
Most kids outgrow their R.A.D (reactive airway disease) which is basically a childhood asthma. If symptoms persist once older, maybe by 4-5 yo then asthma might be more mentioned.
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Confirmed over time
Usually, the diagnosis is confirmed over time.
This is because "asthma" means a child has repeated episodes of asthma symptoms over time. So, doctors often don't want to label a child as being "asthmatic", if the child had only one mild episode of asthma symptoms.

In brief: Confirmed over time
Usually, the diagnosis is confirmed over time.
This is because "asthma" means a child has repeated episodes of asthma symptoms over time. So, doctors often don't want to label a child as being "asthmatic", if the child had only one mild episode of asthma symptoms.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
In brief: Similar conditions
In a young child certain temporary conditions may look like asthma but either resolve over time or respond to different treatment.
Bronchiolitis which is most ofter cause by RSV virus can result in repeated episodes of wheezing usually after upper respiratory which can persist for several winters. Gastroesophageal reflux may cause repeated wheezing which would respond to acid reducers.

In brief: Similar conditions
In a young child certain temporary conditions may look like asthma but either resolve over time or respond to different treatment.
Bronchiolitis which is most ofter cause by RSV virus can result in repeated episodes of wheezing usually after upper respiratory which can persist for several winters. Gastroesophageal reflux may cause repeated wheezing which would respond to acid reducers.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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