Wheezing is prevalent in early childhood, with 50% of US children having at least 1 episode before 6 years of age1 and one-third of preschool children having an episode within the prior 6 months.2 Rates for wheezing-related emergency department visits are highest among children younger than 5 years, and severe wheezing episodes are a common cause of hospitalization in this age group,3 reflecting the therapeutic challenges in managing these episodes.
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