Acute Asthma Management, Children Under 2 years, Emergency Department, Paediatrics

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Abstract

The diagnosis of acute asthma in early childhood can be difficult. Intermittent wheezing attacks are often due to viral infection and the response to asthma medication is inconsistent. The differential diagnosis of wheeze in this age group includes pneumonia and bronchiolitis.

The possibility of an underlying congenital anomaly or chronic condition should also be considered.

These guidelines are intended for those children < 2 years who are thought to have asthma causing acute wheeze. They should not be used as a guide for treating bronchiolitis/other conditions.

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