My Infant Is Pre-Asthmatic
My doctor diagnosed my infant as pre-asthmatic. How serious is this? What suggestions do you have?

Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disorder of the respiratory airways, is characterized by coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing. It is a serious and sometimes life threatening disorder, but if managed properly, it can be controlled.

If there is a strong family history, especially on the mother's side, of allergies and asthma -- or presence of certain environmental conditions (triggers) such as tobacco smoke, household pets, and dust mites -- there is a greater probability that children may develop the disorder. Perhaps, your pediatrician is letting you know that your baby may be predisposed to asthma, based on your family history. You cannot alter your family tree, but you can make your home environment unwelcoming to the usual asthma and allergen triggers.