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Respiratory Problems, Age 11 and Younger - Check Your Symptoms

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If your child has any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • Suspected allergic reaction (other than from a bite or sting): Go to the topic Allergic Reaction.
  • Swallowed or inhaled an object: Go to the topic Swallowed Objects.
  • Bite or sting: Go to the most closely related topic:
    • Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites
    • Tick Bites
    • Snake and Lizard Bites
  • A respiratory problem after surgery: Go to the topic Postoperative Problems.
  • Smoke or chemical fume inhalation: Go to the topic Burns.

If your child has been diagnosed with a respiratory disease, such as asthma or cystic fibrosis, and your child's doctor has given you a plan for handling your child's respiratory problems, seek medical care according to the plan.

Does your child have a cough?

Does your child have any signs of mild difficulty breathing?

Does your child have a fever?

Is your child making a high-pitched noise when breathing (wheezing)?

Do you think your child's symptoms may be caused by a medicine?

Is your child taking an antibiotic for an infection and his or her symptoms have not improved or new symptoms have developed?

Does your child have a runny nose?

Other Symptoms to Watch For

If your child has any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: May 09, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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