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WheezeScan is a tool designed to help parents detect wheeze in children with asthma symptoms. WheezeScan analyzes your child’s breathing to quickly and accurately tell you whether or not your child is wheezing, helping to:
- Remove doubt in the moment of breathing distress
- Know when and how to follow your doctor’s treatment plan
Wheeze can be difficult to identify
Your child can’t always tell you what they’re thinking or feeling. That’s why when breathing trouble occurs, it can be hard to know what’s happening in the moment. Wheeze is the most common symptom of asthma in children under 5, but it doesn’t always sound the same. WheezeScan analyzes your child’s breathing to quickly and accurately tell you whether or not your child is wheezing.
Here’s what parents think about WheezeScan
“I am Marina, Emil’s mom. He is two and a half years old, and two months ago he was diagnosed with asthmatic symptoms.”
“It is very difficult to recognise an asthma attack because it actually starts with a cough and the wheezing is only recognized very late.”Diagnosis
“Emil was diagnosed with early childhood allergic asthma in June 2020. It started with bronchitis in September 2019, followed by six more and a pneumonia until the diagnosis was made.”
“At the moment I heard Emil’s diagnosis, I was very scared and troubled with a lot of doubt, as I did not know how to deal with this disease.”Daily life with asthma
“His asthma already has a great impact on our everyday life, because it is allergic and we have to be careful not to go into the forest too much. We have to be very careful that he doesn’t run around too much, which is quite difficult with a little whirlwind. But since we are also well prepared on the way with the emergency spray and the WheezeScan, we can now start the day very calmly.”Preparing for an asthma attack
“At first, I did not know what to do when he had a coughing attack, because the diagnosis had not been made yet. But I already suspected that something was wrong. After the diagnosis was made, I knew what to do with his emergency spray. I also had to take him out of the situation so that he could calm down a bit.”Detecting asthma attack
“It is very difficult to recognise an asthma attack because it actually starts with a cough and the wheezing is only recognized very late. However, as I don’t want to give the emergency spray too early, but I also don’t want the wheezing to provoke an asthma attack either.”
“The WheezeScan helps me to detect Emil’s wheezing early so that I don’t have to use an emergency spray too early.”Experience with WheezeScan
“The WheezeScan is a little difficult to use with small children, but the speed makes it work very well. It is easy to hold, very good for traveling and I can leave it in the kindergarten so they can use it quickly.”
“I would recommend WheezeScan to other parents, because the device makes it easy to detect an asthma attack much faster and you can act much faster.”
Read what doctors think about WheezeScan
“Research shows that parents and clinicians agree on the presence of wheezing only in 45% of the cases3, which reveals the urgent need for a more objective identification of wheeze. From this perspective, we receive the development of the WheezeScan with enthusiasm, which accurately detects wheeze or no wheeze in the critical moment, so that parents can make the right treatment decision”.
"Wheezing is the most common symptom of asthma in children under the age of 51. If parents manage to identify a wheeze in time, they can prevent an asthma attack by following their doctor’s treatment plan. Despite this, a lot of parents struggle to identify a wheeze, because it doesn’t always sound the same2”.
“Wheeze is one of the key symptoms of an Asthma attack in its early stages and one of the most common symptoms in children 5 years and younger, which is why appropriate identification and response to wheezing symptoms is essential to proper Asthma management”.
"Wheeze is the most common asthma symptom in children under the age of 5, and it can be difficult for parents to identify. Ideally, we as healthcare professionals and parents want to see and treat children when wheeze is extremely mild to prevent it getting worse, and so recognising this symptom is crucial.
OMRON has developed the WheezeScan, which is like a digital stethoscope to help parents identify wheeze. It is not used to diagnose asthma but can help in the management of children with wheeze symptoms – parents can use the device and then follow the management plan set by their GP if wheeze is found."
"Wheeze is a common asthma symptom in children. But despite its commonality, a wheeze can be a difficult symptom for parents to accurately report on, especially in younger children who are not able to verbally communicate. Research has shown that parents and clinicians disagree on the presence of a wheeze in over half (55%) of consultation instances.
The WheezeScan device can be utilised by parents of asthmatic children to assess a child who may be showing early signs of an asthma attack. It can help a parent to correctly identify wheeze and respond with treatment, rather than waiting to see if other symptoms develop. It can also help parents feel more confident when relaying information to the child's medical team."
1. Global Initiative for Asthma. Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention, 2016. Available from: www.ginasthma.org
2. Cane RS, McKenzie SA. Parents' interpretations of children's respiratory symptoms on video. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2001;84(1):31-34.
3. Cane RS, Ranganathan SC, McKenzie SA. What do parents of wheezy children understand by wheeze? Arch Dis Child. 2000;82(4):327-332.