Asthma guidelines overhaul: No meds for infants

'Vast majority of wheezing illness in infants is not due to asthma'

No asthma medications should be administered to infants unless first cleared with a paediatric physician, according to new advice that follows an overhaul of asthma management guidelines.

Guidelines

In the first major review of the Australian Asthma Handbook since 2014, the National Asthma Council Australia (NACA) has removed recommendations for specific asthma management in babies younger than 12 months.

The section now advises GPs that “wheezing infants aged less than 12 months old should not be treated for asthma”.

“Advice should be obtained from a

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