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Severe Difficulty Breathing in Children

A child who is having severe difficulty breathing:

  • Cannot eat or talk because he or she is breathing so hard.
  • Has flared nostrils. Also, the child’s belly will move in and out with each breath.
  • Seems to be tiring out.
  • Seems very sleepy or confused.

Call 911 or emergency services if these signs are present.

Last Revised: January 10, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD

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