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When should I get medical attention if my kid is having breathing problems?

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CALL 911 IF YOUR CHILD:

  • Is gasping for breath
  • Can't cry or talk because of breathing trouble
  • Grunts when breathing
  • Has blue lips
  • May have a small object caught in their throat
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Looks very sick

Breathing problems are common in young children, but in some cases they can be serious.

SOURCES:

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

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

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 15, 2019

SOURCES:

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

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

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on October 15, 2019

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