My child with asthma is also allergic to our family pet. How important is it for us to find a new home for our pet?

Obviously, it’s best to relocate your pet or never get one in the first place. But your child may feel very strongly about having a pet, especially in the early school years when ‘show and tell’ sessions often turn on stories about household members, including pets, family trips, etc. It is crucially important that you relocate your pet to a new home.

If the pediatrician says that my toddler has “a wheezy chest, “does she have asthma?

Some pediatricians will not even use the term “asthma” until a child is 2 years of age or older. Wheezing in infancy is never normal. It can, however, be divided into two general patterns: non-allergic wheezing and allergic wheezing (Table Patterns of Wheezing in Infants).