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Wheezing is a whistling sound (often high-pitched) that happens when a child’s airways are partially blocked or narrowed. Regular episodes of wheezing are common in the first few years of life. Infant wheezing, also called infantile wheeze, can be treated by the pediatric pulmonologists with Norton Children’s Pulmonology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. They have the training and expertise to care for children experiencing a wheezing cough.
Wheezing is the result of an obstruction or narrowing of the airways. This can be caused by:
The most common cause of a single episode of infant wheezing is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. However, when wheezing episodes are frequent, common causes may include:
Less commonly, infantile wheeze may be caused by:
Sometimes, the cause of infantile wheeze is unknown.
Depending on your child’s condition and medical history, the following treatments may be used:
Children who are unlikely to develop persistent asthma usually require only inhaled bronchodilators used as needed to control their symptoms.
Most young children with frequent, severe episodes of wheezing can be helped with:
Our center specializes in caring for children with any type of respiratory disorder. Careful consideration is given to prescribe the best possible method of therapy following nationally accepted guidelines for treating infantile wheeze, where applicable.