Also: Reactive airway disease, Wheezing

For the safety of your family, this information is intended for use by North Seattle Pediatrics patients exclusively.

Repeated attacks of wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing. This happens when the lower airways in the lungs are triggered by viruses, allergens, exercise, cold air, or irritants to tighten up. Viruses are the most common triggers for young children.

If your child has been given a prescription for an asthma inhaler or nebulizer in the past and you think your child needs it now, use it first and then call us as directed below.

Call us right away at 206-368-6080 if your child is:

  • having difficulty breathing
  • using their stomach or chest muscles to breathe
  • having a hard time walking or talking because of difficulty breathing
  • having chest pain or vomiting
  • needing to use their inhaler or nebulizer more than every 4 hours
  • Call 911 if your child is having severe trouble breathing or is looking very sick

Call us during business hours if your child looks well and is eating and active but is:

  • having new onset wheezing
  • having worsening wheezing
  • having wheezing for more than 5 days
  • having a cough lasting more than 4 weeks