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WHEEZING

A wheeze is a high-pitched whistling sound associated with breathing due to narrowing of the air passage.

This is to be differentiated from noisy breathing due to partial blockage of the nose or due to the collection of phlegm in the windpipe or its branches.

CAUSES: Most cases of recurrent wheezing are due to asthma (see section on Asthma in Allergies). A viral infection called bronchiolitis affecting smaller infants can also present as a wheeze. In older children, tropical eosinophilia is also a common cause. A foreign body in the airway or a gland (due to tuberculosis or any other cause) pressing on the airway can also give rise to a wheeze.

MANAGEMENT: If you suspect that your child is wheezing for the first time in his life, let a doctor confirm it. Do not give any medicine on your own.

If the child is not crying, the doctor will be able to hear the wheeze well with his stethoscope. Hold your child up in your arms with his head on your shoulder. Do not undress him. Let the doctor listen to his back first and then notice his breathing.

If your doctor confirms that it was a wheeze, he may give the child an injection, or a medicine with a nebuliser, or by mouth (see Asthma in Allergies) and wait for the response. If he finds dramatic improvement, he may suspect that the child has asthma. If you know that your child gets recurrent wheezing, you must follow the advice given by your doctor. You may also like to read the section on asthma. If he considers that tropical eosinophilia should be ruled out, he may ask for a blood test.




5 September, 2016

 
Part 4
The A-Z of Childhood Illnesses


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Keeping Your Child Healthy
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Proper Use of Medicines
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A First Aid Kit
The A-Z of Childhood Illnesses
Psychological Concerns
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Prayer And Your Child's Health
The Role of Nature Cure
Homoeopathy
Ayurveda and Child Care
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