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What causes chest retractions in babies and small children?

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Usually, they’re caused by:

  • Croup, swelling in a baby’s upper airways
  • Respiratory distress syndrome, breathing trouble in newborns
  • Bronchiolitis, or swelling in the smallest airways of the lungs
  • Buildup of infected pus in the back of the throat

From: What Are Chest Retractions? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Happens When You Breathe?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

AARP: "Intercostal Retractions."

Nicklaus Children's Hospital: "Bronchiolitis," "Epiglottitis," "Intercostal retractions."

Mayo Clinic: "Anaphylaxis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 06, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Happens When You Breathe?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Signs of Respiratory Distress."

AARP: "Intercostal Retractions."

Nicklaus Children's Hospital: "Bronchiolitis," "Epiglottitis," "Intercostal retractions."

Mayo Clinic: "Anaphylaxis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 06, 2018

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