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how can you tell if a child is wheezing or just has chest congestion? I can never hear it, but the doctor always asks me that!

3 year old who has had a cold - no asthma

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2mamalove

Asked by 2mamalove at 7:22 PM on Sep. 3, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • A child that is wheezing sounds like a cat purring. It is more of a rattle.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:02 PM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • Try this site. Click on the sounds on the left.
    http://www.med.ucla.edu/wilkes/lungintro.htm
    asiamommi

    Answer by asiamommi at 12:18 AM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • Wheezing will make a whistling noise when he/she breathes in. You may have to put your ear on her chest in order to hear it. Generally the wheezing will be more noticable when breathing in.
    4monkees

    Answer by 4monkees at 12:53 AM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • tyfry... the cat purring sounds more like strider and not like wheezing!

    OP... It sounds like a whistle and its usually on the inhale but is more serious if heard on the exhale. You can also put your hand on his/her back (over the lungs) and feel it when he/she breathes in or out
    Jaydin_Makenna

    Answer by Jaydin_Makenna at 11:22 AM on Sep. 4, 2009

  • put your ear to his chest and listen to the breathing. Chest congestion is more of a rattle, wheezing is a whistling or 'huuuuuuh' sound that's not coming from his voice.
    Sometimes its really quiet and you can't hear it without a stethoscope tho
    kristal2146

    Answer by kristal2146 at 9:21 PM on Sep. 4, 2009

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