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Duke Medicine: Wheezing infants

Posted August 15, 2011 8:10 p.m. EDT

The term wheezing may mean different things to different people.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the verb wheeze as "to breathe with difficulty usually with a whistling sound." Physicians often have a more specific definition such as "a musical and continuous sound that originates from oscillations in narrowed airways."

Almost 50 percent of infants will have an episode of wheezing in the first year of life. A wheezing baby can lead to many questions and concerns for parents and for pediatricians.

To read more about infants and wheezing, click here to read the full post on by Dr. Katharine Kevill, who specializes in pediatric pulmonology. She explains the causes, symptoms, and risk factors for infant wheezing and educates parents about when to take their wheezing child to the pediatrician.