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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about wheezing. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling or musical sound made when the child breathes. Wheezing can be the result of many different things. The cause of wheezing is determined by the doctor. A wheezing episode can be mild or severe, last for minutes or days, and can happen at anytime. Your child’s breathing may be fast or “hard.” You may see the skin between the ribs sink as your child breathes in. Often, the first sign of wheezing is a cough. Coughing is a way of getting rid of mucous in the lungs, so let your child cough. Coughing is treated when it interferes with regular activities (sleep, exercise). Give medications as directed by your doctor.

There are several things you should do if your child is wheezing.
1. Call your child’s doctor or the emergency department. You may need to bring your child to the doctor’s office or emergency department for treatment.
2. If your child is having trouble breathing or seems to be pale or blue-gray around the lips, call 911.
3. If your child is taking any medicines for wheezing, you need to know:
a. The name of the medicine.
b. How much medicine your child takes (dose).
c. The last time the child took the medicine.

PDF: Child Health Information - WHEEZING

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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2003

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1998, 2003


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