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Title: “Astma” bij zuigelingen, peuters en kleuters
Author(s): DE BAETS F
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume: 69 Issue: 2-3 Date: 2013
Asthma in preschool children
Respiratory symptoms (wheezing, a cough, bronchorrea, etc.) are common problems in preschool children. The physiopathology differs in many ways from asthma in older children, adolescents and adults. Allergy is a minor problem, the impact of inflammation and aspecific bronchial hyperresponsiveness has not yet been cleared. Viral infections, the airway diameter and the collapsibility seem to exert a major influence, explaining the natural course.
The treatment should follow specific guidelines, relying on evidence-based research. Because of the specific physiopathology in many preschool children, the natural course is different from genuine asthma and relies partly on the growth of the bronchial system.