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Bronchoconstriction, which may also be called reactive airway disease, occurs when the small airways (bronchial tubes) in your child's lungs spasm and become narrow. It causes wheezing, which is a whistling noise in your child's airways. This may be from a viral or bacterial infection. Or it may be from allergies, tobacco smoke, or something else in the environment. When your child is around these triggers, their body releases chemicals that make the airways get tight.
Bronchoconstriction is a lot like asthma. Both can cause wheezing. But asthma is ongoing, while narrowing of the small airways in the lungs may occur only now and then. Your child may have tests to see if they have asthma. Your child may take the same medicines used to treat asthma. Good home care and follow-up care with your child's doctor can help your child recover.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: November 14, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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