HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.


Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the airways of the lungs. During an asthma attack, the airways become narrower and inflamed, causing difficulty in breathing, coughing, wheezing, ?tight? chest and considerable distress. The number of children affected with asthma has increased considerably in recent years. For more information on asthma visit

Some children under the age of one get wheezy when they have a cold -sometimes called 'viral wheezing', 'baby asthma' or even 'wheezy bronchitis'- but this is different to the asthma that occurs later on in childhood. Asthma is more likely if the child has symptoms that persist even when the cold is better and especially if they have eczema as well.

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