Wheezing in Babies and Kids – What as a Parent You Should Know

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Is your little one wheezing?

Does it happen that every 3rd fortnight you rush to the doctor and he prescribes inhalant nebulizers?

In today’s post we discuss the reasons for wheezing in babies and the precautions you should be taking if you have a child with breathing issues.

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What is wheezing?

Wheezing is a whistling sound that can be heard as your child breathes caused due to narrowing of airway. Due to certain triggers or diseases, the airway gets swollen making the passage confined to breathe properly.

Wheezing can start with runny nose, mild fever, productive/unproductive coughing and worsen in later days.

Wheezing at nighttime generally peaks. Do not panic, presence of mind will help you through and your kid to recover soon.

Causes of wheezing in babies and kids:

It becomes really hard to make out the causes of wheezing. The causes can range from simply seasonal changes to chronic diseases.

A few possible causes of frequent spasm are early asthma, food allergy, inhalant allergy and a positive mantoux.

Always consult a certified pediatrician OR your health provider before the situation gets worse. The information provided here is only to create awareness about probable reasons of spasm/wheezing occurring among children.

#1. Early asthma

Asthma is one strong cause of wheezing.

If there’s a family history of asthma, the possibility becomes stronger. Without a second doubt, consult your child’s doctor to figure out if your child is asthamatic.

Fall in safe hands and update yourself about dealing with child showing early signs of asthama. An expert will be able to make a list of things that your kid should avoid; medicines to be followed and prescribe pump for critical situations.

#2. Food allergy

Some of you might be shocked to hear that protein rich milk, eggs, milk products, chick peas, vitamin rich fruits like banana, apple etc could be highly allergy triggering foods to a little kid.

Have you faced a day when all of a sudden your child falls of sneezing, skin discomfort or wheezing after having a particular eatable? He could be allergic, yes!

Excellent foods for growing children could be the main allergens.  I suggest you to get the allergy test done from a certified laboratory or a laboratory that specializes allergy tests.

You can refer to the signs and symptoms of food allergy in babies.

#3. Inhalant allergy

Another prime cause of wheezing could be inhalant allergy.

Do you know about the microscopic relatives of spiders that reside on your mattress, pillow cover, carpet and curtains? They might be the cause of wheezing in babies and kids.

No, dust mites don’t bite you. They feed on shed dead skin of ours and they can be a major reason your little one falls ill every now and then.

Do you have a pet? A dog or a cat? Dog dander also could be a reason that triggers allergic symptoms.

A test can be carried on to know which inhalants your child should be kept away from.

Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for allergy, but to avoid the foods and keep away from inhalants that give rise to allergic symptoms. It is also true that in most of the children, allergy subsides after a certain age.

#4. A positive mantoux

A child facing on and off, on and off coughing, productive or unproductive, worsening with passing days and subsiding with medicinal treatment could be at mild risk of Tuberculosis.

Mantoux Test is nothing but a determination whether a tuberculin germ exists in the body. This can be spread merely through air. Get Mantoux skin test done. After 48-72 hours an expert will be able to determine if it is positive, negative or borderline! Treatment for this varies anywhere starting from 60-90 days.

Basic precautions to be taken to avoid frequent wheezing in babies and kids:

Prevention is better than cure. Take necessary precautions if your child has a history of wheezing.

  1. Constant climatic changes are natural. Optimum precautions should be exercised at such times.
  2. Use heaters in conditions such as winter, sudden drop in temperature, non-seasonal rainfall and whenever required.
  3. Do not allow your child to have cold items like ice cream, cold drinks etc.
  4. Keep warm, put on socks, take warm bath.
  5. Wash hands every now and then.
  6. As already suggested earlier, avoid giving foods that trigger the rise of spasm.
  7. Plenty of fluid intake is suggested
  8. Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke, mosquito repellents, agarbathis, perfume and other strong odors.
  9. Encourage your little one to use a handkerchief all the time
  10. Use special hypoallergenic pillows and bed covers
  11. Use vacuum cleaner or clean the house with damp cloth instead of broomstick so as to make sure that the dust doesn’t end up settling on bed sheets, curtains and furniture. You can also read about How To Make Chemical Free All Purpose Cleaner at Home
  12. Change AC filters regularly. Wash the AC dust shield at regular intervals.

Home remedies for wheezing in babies and kids (First aid for wheezing)

  1. Make the child sit right straight in case of a sudden attack or breathlessness
  2. Warm water gives soothing effect. Make sure to give warm water every time.
  3. You can make turmeric paste and apply on your child’s chest, it is highly beneficial as it contains anti-inflammatory properties
  4. A few drop of mustard oil taken with dark brown jaggery also helps for older kids.
  5. You can train older kids with breathing exercises and yoga asanas that help relieving spasm
  6. Taking half a teaspoon of honey helps for children above 2 years
  7. Soak fig in water overnight and give it to the child in morning, it helps.
  8. Steam inhalation also helps for older kids.

Further reading:

Do not form negative thoughts and do not form an impression that you can never come out of chronic disease situation. Take a second opinion if required!

We are living in the century where fertilization of human egg takes place outside the womb too. There is surely a way out and for sure a treatment for early abnormal diseases, symptomatic or even asymptomatic.

Consult a doctor at the earliest and do the needful if you suspect wheezing in babies and kids.

Have you come across any other cause of wheezing in babies and kids? Let other moms be aware of it, share your experiences in the comments section.

About Author

Leena is a bohemian lady with creativity crawling in her skin. Her zest for love and life is infectious. An explorer looking to dive into an ocean of freelance opportunities. Call her a homemaker and a full-time Mommy to a 3 year old Miraculous Girl & a 27 year old Man :-D Her passion and tremendous vocabulary makes her fit for the role. She's the types: Who cares about what's around? Good with pyjamas and hubster's Shirts. Love to curl up on the sofa, put on the headset and let the world around fade...

4 Comments

  1. hi Leena nice article…My 2 yr old son is suffering from wheezing from the past 1 year..Has been admitted nearly 6 times due to severe wheezing..Any suggestions on how to increase his immunity ? he on and off on inhalers and oral steroids..Should i buy the hypoallergenic pillows and bed covers and air purifier.Please suggest…

    • Hi, my son is 19 mnths old and having wheezing now and then,don’t know what is the exact reason but admitted 3 times,giving steroids and nebulizers etc what to do ? How to avoid these situations and increase the immunity power

      • Leena Prince Chawla on

        Thanks for stopping by Rajni. I understand. Sounds like your little one is suffering from Asthmatic symptoms, though it can also be Bronchitis. In such situation, It’s really important to zero down to find whether is it Asthma, Allergy or Else. Then may be you can start taking care as per the severity and start treating right at home with the use of nebulisers or inhalers before rushing to the Clinic. Or avoid allergens as per the blood test report. Meanwhile you may avoid exposure to dust, as it is the most common allergen. Use damp cloth or vacuum cleaner for your home. You may also choose Hypoallergenic products. However it is best to change the bedspread every 2-3 days, wash them in hot running water after the detergent wash and before drying in the sun. The condition as you said, doesn’t seem to be because of lack of immunity. Once your Child starts getting over the symptoms, he would start developing immunity with proper food intake and multivitamins, supplements that the pediatrician prescribes. Pediatric Asthma usually starts subsiding with growing age and disappears once the Child is 5. Hope this helps. May your baby gets well soon 🙂

    • leena chawla on

      Thanks for stopping by Richelle. I can understand your situation. Sounds like your little one is suffering from Asthmatic symptoms, though it can also be Bronchitis. In such situation, It’s really important to zero down to find whether is it Asthma, Allergy or Else. Then may be you can start taking care as per the severity and start treating right at home with the use of nebulisers or inhalers before rushing to the Clinic. Or avoid allergens as per the blood test report. Meanwhile you may avoid exposure to dust, as it is the most known allergen. Use damp cloth or vacuum cleaner for your home. You may also choose Hypoallergenic products. However it is best to change the bedspread every 2-3 days, wash them in hot running water after the detergent wash and before drying in the sun. The condition as you said, doesn’t seem to be because of lack of immunity. Once your Child starts getting over the symptoms, he would start developing immunity with proper food intake and multivitamins, supplements that the pediatrician prescribes. Pediatric Asthma usually starts subsiding with growing age and disappears once the Child is 5. Hope this helps. May your Son get well soon 🙂

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