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What are signs of respiratory distress in children?

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If your baby or child’s pulse is fast or he has any of the following symptoms, it could mean he’s having trouble breathing:

Respiratory distress is serious. It means your child isn’t getting enough oxygen. Call your doctor or 911, or get to the emergency room right away.

  • Bluish color around the mouth
  • Pale or gray skin
  • A grunting sound with each breath out
  • Nose flares
  • Wheezing
  • Sweating
  • Tiredness
  • Upper chest sinks in with each breath

From: How to Read Your Child’s Vital Signs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Vital Signs.”

KidsHealth: “How to Take Your Child’s Pulse.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Ages & Stages,” “Signs and Symptoms of Fever,” “Fever,” “How to Take a Child’s Temperature,” “Screening and Treating Kids for High Blood Pressure: AAP Report Explained,” “Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.”

American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians. , Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2004. APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Signs of Respiratory Distress in Children.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fever in Infants and Children,” “High Blood Pressure.”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure in Children.”

National High Blood Pressure Education Program: “A Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children.”

American Heart Association: “Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Vital Signs.”

KidsHealth: “How to Take Your Child’s Pulse.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Ages & Stages,” “Signs and Symptoms of Fever,” “Fever,” “How to Take a Child’s Temperature,” “Screening and Treating Kids for High Blood Pressure: AAP Report Explained,” “Clinical Practice Guideline for Screening and Management of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.”

American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians. , Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2004. APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Signs of Respiratory Distress in Children.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Fever in Infants and Children,” “High Blood Pressure.”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure in Children.”

National High Blood Pressure Education Program: “A Pocket Guide to Blood Pressure Measurement in Children.”

American Heart Association: “Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on December 15, 2017

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