Information paper

Asthma & Wheezing in the First Years of Life

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Wheezing is one type of noisy breathing common among babies and preschoolers, but not all wheezing is asthma. This information paper provides an up-to-date summary of the issues around asthma and wheezing in the first years of life.


This information paper was prepared in consultation with the following health professionals:

  • Associate Professor Chris Hogan, general practitioner
  • Associate Professor Mimi Tang, allergist and immunologist
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Kingsley Coulthard, pharmacist
  • Dr Jo Harrison, paediatric respiratory physician
  • Dr Andrew Tai, paediatric respiratory physician
  • Ms Tracey Marshall, asthma educator

And with the assistance of Ms Lesh Karan, medical writer.

Supported through funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Recommended citation

National Asthma Council Australia
Asthma and Wheezing in the First Years of Life: An information paper for health professionals
Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia, 2013.


A PDF copy of the references is available for download here.

Patient brochure

A corresponding version of this information paper has been developed for people with asthma and their carers: Asthma & Wheezing in the First Years of Life: A guide to wheezing for parents and those caring for infants and young children


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Although all care has been taken, this information paper is only a general guide; it is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained.

© 2013

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