Difficulty Breathing in Children
Difficulty breathing can occur when a child's lungs or heart
are not working well.
Mild trouble breathing means:
- The child is breathing a little faster than usual.
- The child seems a little out of breath but can still eat or talk.
Moderate trouble breathing means:
- The child is breathing a lot faster than
- The child has to take breaks from eating or talking to
- The nostrils flare or the belly moves in and out at times
when the child breathes.
Severe trouble breathing means:
- The child cannot eat or talk because he or she is
breathing so hard.
- The child's nostrils are flaring and the belly
is moving in and out with every breath.
- The child seems to be
- The child seems very sleepy or confused.