Cause of Wheeze

There are many causes of wheezing. In young children under five, the commonest cause is viral infections.

Other common causes include asthma and reflux. Less commonly wheeze may be due to an inhaled foreign object, bronchitis, narrowing of the airways from birth, cystic fibrosis and heart problems.


 This article has been written by Paediatrician and Pulmonologist, Dr Salome Abbott (MBBCh (Wits), FCPaed(SA), MMed(Paed), DipAllerg(SA), Dip Paed Resp Med (Europe), Cert Paed Pulmonology(SA))

Dr Abbott currently has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti and Kingsbury Hospitals in Cape Town. The focus of her practice is treating children with respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung problems. Tel: 021 506 5228 or for full contact details please CLICK HERE