Newborn and Children Breathing Problems Symptoms
What kinds of respiratory problems occur in children?
Respiratory problems in children often develop as a result of a bacterial or viral infection that they have been exposed to. Due to the underdevelopment of their immune system, people tend to develop these conditions more often during childhood.
The respiratory system is the part of your body that controls breathing, and includes the nose, mouth, sinuses, throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs. Some of the most common respiratory infections in children include the following bacterial and viral infections:
- Pediatric sinus infection
- Influenza (flu)
- Common cold
- Sore throat
How can I prevent my child from developing a respiratory infection?
There is no perfect way to prevent many respiratory illnesses in children and infants, but there are some ways that may help reduce risk. These include:
- Wash your child’s hands often, especially if around someone who has a respiratory infection
- Ensure your child has had all necessary immunizations and vaccinations.
- Avoid smoke
What are the symptoms of pediatric respiratory problems?
Symptoms of respiratory conditions in children will vary depending on the location of the infection.
Upper Respiratory Infection Symptoms
Lower Respiratory Infection Symptoms
- Constant shallow coughing
- Decreased appetite
- Wheezing and trouble breathing
When should I bring my child to see a doctor for respiratory problems?
Usually, respiratory issues are caused by viral infections, and often clear up on their own. If your child displays any of the symptoms above that are long-lasting, severe, or are accompanied by a high fever, you should consult a physician with New York ENT to get an accurate diagnosis of your child’s condition. Your doctor will make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options after a thorough physical evaluation and discussion of symptoms.
How are respiratory problems in children treated?
Depending on the cause of infection, treatments of respiratory infections will vary. Some options may include:
- Home treatment, according to your doctor’s instructions
- Sinus infection treatment, which may include sinus surgery
- Antibiotics (when bacterial infection is present)
If you believe your child may be suffering from respiratory problems, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of upper and lower respiratory conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.