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When should I call the doctor if my kid is having breathing problems?

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  • Is younger than 1 year old and still has trouble breathing after you cleaned out her nose
  • Has been diagnosed with bronchiolitis (a common lung infection in children) or a reactive airways disease (such as asthma or a condition like asthma) episode
  • Has trouble breathing or is breathing very fast when not coughing
  • Has severe coughing attacks or continuous coughing
  • Is wheezing or making a high-pitched whistle sound when breathing out or in
  • Can't take a deep breath because of chest pain or coughed-up blood
  • Has a fever that persists
  • Flares her nostrils or draws in her chest muscles to breathe
  • Is sluggish
  • Is vomiting and can't keep fluids down

Has a cold where the symptoms rapidly worsen

From: Breathing Problems in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Bronchiolitis and Your Child."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treating Bronchiolitis in Infants."

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on October 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Bronchiolitis and Your Child."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treating Bronchiolitis in Infants."

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on October 11, 2017

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