Asthma involves recurrent attacks of wheezing and coughing, which may result in chest tightness and shortness of breath.
Give a dose of asthma medication. This could include:
Have your child rest until the breathing improves.
Croup is an upper respiratory infection, which causes a hoarse voice, barky (seal-like) cough, and often raspy breathing with labored breathing.
During office hours if:
If your child has raspy, labored breathing:
FIRST - bring your child in the bathroom, close the doors, and run the shower on hot to create steam. Wait 15 minutes to see if the steam will end the raspy, labored breathing
SECOND - If it is cool outside (less than 60 degrees) bring your child outdoors to breathe the cool air. If the raspy, labored breathing doesn’t end within 15 minutes call the office.
If your child has a barky cough and hoarse voice but no raspy, labored breathing:
Croup is caused by one of a number of viruses, therfore antibiotics are of no use in treating croup. Your child may have a fever with the croup. Also, your child may often have a sore throat with the croup.
Croup is contagious. Your child should stay home from school and daycare until the signs of croup (barky cough, and fever) are gone for 24 hours.
WHAT IS IT?
Pneumonia is an infection in the lung. Signs of pneumonia almost always include a prolonged cough and fever. Signs often include rapid breathing, shortness of breath and chest pain. Rattles in the chest or rattly breathing are not a sign of pneumonia.
Call during office hours if:
The treatment of pneumonia will often require antibiotics.Your doctor listening to the lungs can usually determine the presence of pneumonia. At times your doctor may order a chest xray to diagnose pneumonia. Pneumonia is not and emergency unless there is labored breathing, the lips are bluish or dusky, there is chest pain when not coughing or there is shortness of breath when not coughing. A rattle in the chest is not a sign of pneumonia. (If mucous is rattling in the chest it is in the back of the throat or upper bronchial tubes and can be coughed up.)
If you suspect your child has pneumonia please contact the office during office hours.
Pneumonia in most cases is treated with antibiotics at home. A rattle in the chest is not a sign of pneumonia.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a type of viral infection that may cause pneumonia in infants and young children. RSV occurs in the late fall and winter. RSV is a virus, therefore antibiotics are not used to treat it.
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