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When should you call 911 about your child coughing?

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Call 911 about your child coughing if she:

  • Is unconscious or not breathing
  • Is gasping for breath
  • Has trouble breathing or is breathing very fast when not coughing
  • Has severe coughing attacks or continuous coughing
  • Can't cry or talk because of breathing trouble
  • Grunts when breathing
  • Has blue lips
  • May have a small object caught in her throat
  • Is breathing very fast (this is also a symptom of fever)
  • Looks very sick

From: Coughs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Cough Instruction Sheet."

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

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 8, 2019

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Cough Instruction Sheet."

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

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 8, 2019

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