Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Asthma in Children - Establishing Diagnosis
  • Infants and young children with a diagnosis of atopic dermatitis, parental history of asthma, a diagnosis of allergic rhinitis, and wheezing apart from colds are at higher risk of developing asthma (Barbee & Murphy, 1998; GINA, 2002; Stone, 2003).
  • A diagnosis of asthma is considered when an infant or young child has had more than three episodes of wheezing lasting more than one day in the past year, nocturnal awakenings related to breathing difficulties, and who has a high risk of developing asthma. (Boulet et al., 1999).