- Your child has severe trouble breathing.
- Your child's breathing has stopped.
- Begin rescue breathing .
See your doctor right away if your baby or child has moderate trouble breathing.
Call a doctor if your child:
- Breathes slightly faster than normal and seems to be getting worse. Most healthy children breathe less than 40 times a minute.
- Has cold symptoms that become severe.
- Has shallow coughing, which continues throughout the day and night.
- Has poor appetite or decreased activity level.
- Has any trouble breathing.
For more information on what to do if your child has trouble breathing, see Respiratory Problems, Age 11 and Younger.
For an otherwise healthy child who has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, such as a cough or runny nose, home treatment usually is all that is needed. But it is important to watch for signs and symptoms of complications, such as dehydration.
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate when your child with an upper respiratory infection has an increased risk for complications. Watch your child closely if he or she has symptoms of an upper respiratory infection. If symptoms get worse or new symptoms develop, see a doctor right away.
Who to see
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.