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My child makes a whooping sound when he breathes in. Does that mean he has asthma?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Asthma is usually a breathing out noise, except in its more severe form when patients wheeze breathing in and out.
All abnormal breathing should be evaluated by your doctor-other conditions to consider include inspiratory stridor from croup, tracheomalacia, whooping cough, or a foreign object in the windpipe.

In brief: No
Asthma is usually a breathing out noise, except in its more severe form when patients wheeze breathing in and out.
All abnormal breathing should be evaluated by your doctor-other conditions to consider include inspiratory stridor from croup, tracheomalacia, whooping cough, or a foreign object in the windpipe.
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Dr. Lionel Tapia
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Whooping after a severe coughing spell may be a sign of pertussis, or whooping cough, it is not a sound made by a child with asthma.

In brief: No
Whooping after a severe coughing spell may be a sign of pertussis, or whooping cough, it is not a sound made by a child with asthma.
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Noise on breathing in is also typical of croup. Asthmatic wheeze happens on breathing out.
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Traditionally, the "whooping" sound describes pertussis, or whooping cough.
Inspiratory (breathing in) sounds are usually associated with upper airway swelling, most commonly croup. Asthma is usually a long "haaa" sound when breathing out, but can be heard on inspiration if severe. Children with breathing difficulties should of course always be brought in for medical evaluation.

In brief: No
Traditionally, the "whooping" sound describes pertussis, or whooping cough.
Inspiratory (breathing in) sounds are usually associated with upper airway swelling, most commonly croup. Asthma is usually a long "haaa" sound when breathing out, but can be heard on inspiration if severe. Children with breathing difficulties should of course always be brought in for medical evaluation.
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
(not necessarily).
Inspiratory "whooping" or high pitched sounds with breathing may be seen with respiratory tract infections (rti) in infancy. Asthma typically presents with expiratory wheezing and chronic cough. Asthma is a difficult diagnosis to make in young children since many children will wheeze with rti's but not develop persistent asthma. Speak to your doctor if these symptoms persist.

In brief: No
(not necessarily).
Inspiratory "whooping" or high pitched sounds with breathing may be seen with respiratory tract infections (rti) in infancy. Asthma typically presents with expiratory wheezing and chronic cough. Asthma is a difficult diagnosis to make in young children since many children will wheeze with rti's but not develop persistent asthma. Speak to your doctor if these symptoms persist.
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Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics
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In brief: No
If your baby is truly making a whooping sound when he breathes in, he might have pertussis, or whooping cough.
Pertussis causes episodes of coughing fits, often accompanied with a whoop upon breathing in. These babies have a hard time breathing and eating. Pertussis can lead to apnea, in which the baby stops breathing. You should see a doctor immediately if your baby is whooping.

In brief: No
If your baby is truly making a whooping sound when he breathes in, he might have pertussis, or whooping cough.
Pertussis causes episodes of coughing fits, often accompanied with a whoop upon breathing in. These babies have a hard time breathing and eating. Pertussis can lead to apnea, in which the baby stops breathing. You should see a doctor immediately if your baby is whooping.
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
In brief: No
Noise when kids breathe in is called "stridor" or whooping.
Examples are croup and whooping cough. Noise in their lungs when they breathe out is usually called "wheezing" and is what we hear with asthma or with certain viral infections that cause wheezing only during the infection(cold) itself. Both noises should be heard by an md, however. Causes range from annoying to serious.

In brief: No
Noise when kids breathe in is called "stridor" or whooping.
Examples are croup and whooping cough. Noise in their lungs when they breathe out is usually called "wheezing" and is what we hear with asthma or with certain viral infections that cause wheezing only during the infection(cold) itself. Both noises should be heard by an md, however. Causes range from annoying to serious.
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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics
In brief: No
Asthma causes wheezing, which is a high pitched sound on exhalation (breathing out), not inhalation (breathing in).
When there are sounds made with inhalation, it usually means that there is a narrowing of the upper airways- in the larynx and trachea. There are many possible causes for this, including croup and laryngomalacia. If your child is having problems breathing, call your pediatrician.

In brief: No
Asthma causes wheezing, which is a high pitched sound on exhalation (breathing out), not inhalation (breathing in).
When there are sounds made with inhalation, it usually means that there is a narrowing of the upper airways- in the larynx and trachea. There are many possible causes for this, including croup and laryngomalacia. If your child is having problems breathing, call your pediatrician.
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
In brief: No
The whooping sound is the rapid breath in after a severe bout of successive coughing.
Whooping cough is an infection and is not related to asthma which often causes a wheezing sound when breathing out. Cough by the way is the most common symptom of asthma, so if in doubt have your child checked by your doctor.

In brief: No
The whooping sound is the rapid breath in after a severe bout of successive coughing.
Whooping cough is an infection and is not related to asthma which often causes a wheezing sound when breathing out. Cough by the way is the most common symptom of asthma, so if in doubt have your child checked by your doctor.
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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Whooping sound when baby breathes in does not mean asthma.
Nasal congestion and laryngomalacia may make a whooping sound when baby breathes in. Usually with laryngomalacia babies are happy but noisy. Asthma gives you a sound (wheezing) during expiration and usually causes severe cough, breathing difficulty. If nasal congestion use saline nasal drops/suction.

In brief: Yes
Whooping sound when baby breathes in does not mean asthma.
Nasal congestion and laryngomalacia may make a whooping sound when baby breathes in. Usually with laryngomalacia babies are happy but noisy. Asthma gives you a sound (wheezing) during expiration and usually causes severe cough, breathing difficulty. If nasal congestion use saline nasal drops/suction.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: No
Any child who is making noises (other than just a stuffy nose) while breathing should see the doctor to find out the reason for the noise.
If such a child is having trouble breathing, or looks very uncomfortable, parents must call 911 for an ambulance and oxygen. Asthma sounds are "wheezing" noises, which generally occur as a child breaths out.

In brief: No
Any child who is making noises (other than just a stuffy nose) while breathing should see the doctor to find out the reason for the noise.
If such a child is having trouble breathing, or looks very uncomfortable, parents must call 911 for an ambulance and oxygen. Asthma sounds are "wheezing" noises, which generally occur as a child breaths out.
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