The Asthma Predictive Index: a very useful tool for predicting asthma in young children

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Aug;126(2):212-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2010.06.032. Epub 2010 Jul 10.


Recurrent wheezing is a common problem in young children: approximately 40% of children wheeze in their first year of life. However, only 30% of preschoolers with recurrent wheezing still have asthma at the age of 6 years. Nevertheless, asthma, the most prevalent chronic disease in children, is difficult to diagnose in infants and preschoolers. This article reviews the importance of determining at an early age which infants/preschoolers will have asthma later in life, analyzes the pros and cons of different predictive indices, and discusses the efficacy of the Asthma Predictive Index.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Asthma / etiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prevalence