Pediatric Wheezing Prevention
Because wheezing is most common with asthma, in many cases can it be reduced if the child’s asthma is under control. One way to help reduce wheezing is to follow an asthma action plan. This plan is designed with your doctor and health care team and outlines the best way for taking medications and managing an asthma attack. Other ways to prevent wheezing are to be aware of such triggers as smoking, indoor allergens, and psychological stress.
Help Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Wheezing
- Identify and avoid asthma triggers. A number of outdoor allergens and irritants ranging from pollen and mold to cold air and air pollution can trigger asthma attacks. Find out what causes or worsens your child’s asthma, and take steps to avoid those triggers.
- Don’t smoke around your children
- Create a calm environment for your child
- Monitor your child’s reaction to very cold air or drinks
Tests and Screenings for Pediatric Wheezing
A pulmonary function test may be ordered to measure the amount of air moving through the patient's breathing passages. Chest X-rays are sometimes indicated for patients whose wheezing seems to be caused by other causes.