55% of parents identify wheeze differently than professionals5

Wheezing is the symptomatic manifestation of any disease process which causes airway obstruction. It is a musical, high pitched, adventitious sound generated anywhere from the larynx to the distal bronchioles during either expiration or inspiration.

Wheeze is the most common symptom of asthma in children under 5, but it does not always sound the same 1. Furthermore, children are more likely to require urgent health care than asthma sufferers of any age2. The identification of wheeze is important for the asthmatic symptom control in children and to prevent attacks1,3. However, wheeze is a subjective sound and can be described in many ways4. The conceptual understandings of the sound of wheeze for parents are different from epidemiology definitions5.

Moreover, poorly managed asthma can result in reduced quality of life for patients, a more regular need for healthcare resources, and substantial costs to public health services4,6.

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Wheeze can be difficult to identify

Wheeze Detector

Helps you detect wheeze in children with asthma symptoms
OMRON WheezeScan provides an objective assessment of the presence of wheezing. A convenient tool to help parents to manage their children’s asthmatic symptoms at home.

  • Innovative listening technology – identifies “wheeze” or “no wheeze” quickly and accurately.
  • Unique wheeze sensor – detects the presence of wheeze.
  • Quick measurement – result in 30 seconds.
  • Especially developed for children – from 4 months to 7 years old.
  • OMRON Asthma Diary app – manage and track results with your smart device. Allows to log wheeze episodes, symptoms and triggers that can be shared with the child’s doctor to help manage patient care.

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September 5, 2021

Digital support for wheeze detection in young children
Speakers: Prof. J. Grigg, Prof. W. van Aalderen, Dr. med. S. Dramburg

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September 7, 2020

Importance of early wheeze detection in young children to minimize asthma exacerbation
Speakers: Prof. Dr. K. Priftis, Prof. Dr. B. Karadag, Prof. Dr W. van Aalderen

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OMRON Academy Online is a free e-learning platform for healthcare professionals. The courses are created by leading medical experts and endorsed by leading medical societies.

Discover the latest courses on OMRON Academy Online about pediatric asthma. Learn more about pediatric wheeze, detection, diagnosis and management to help you and your patient.

10 min

Asthma is one of the most common diseases in children. Asthma detection at an early stage and proper treatment can reduce the disease burden effectively.

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Pediatric wheeze
10 min

Wheeze is a common respiratory symptom caused by narrowing airways. The large variations, however, make it difficult to distinguish wheeze from other lung sounds.

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Diagnoses and Management
10 min

Asthma signs and symptoms are not the same with everyone. If asthma remains undiagnosed and not treated correctly, it can have serious health consequences.

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1 Ng, Mark Chung Wai, and Choon How How. “Recurrent wheeze and cough in young children: is it asthma?.” Singapore medical journal 55.5 (2014): 236.
2 Moorman, Jeanne E., et al. “National surveillance of asthma: United States, 2001-2010.” Vital & health statistics. Series 3, Analytical and epidemiological studies 35 (2012): 1-58.
3 Patel, Pujan H., Vincent S. Mirabile, and Sandeep Sharma. “Wheezing.” StatPearls [Internet] (2020).
4 Gong, Henry. “Wheezing and asthma.” Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition (1990).
5 Cane, R. S., S. C. Ranganathan, and S. A. McKenzie. “What do parents of wheezy children understand by “wheeze”?.” Archives of disease in childhood 82.4 (2000): 327-332.
6 Caminati, Marco et al. “Uncontrolled Asthma: Unmet Needs in the Management of Patients.” Journal of asthma and allergy vol. 14 457-466. 3 May. 2021