Causes 7-year-old Children Shortness Of Breath Suddenly?
Shortness of breath 7-year-oldHello, suddenly my 7-year-old child shortness of breath, flat chest and sunken neck when breathing, what my actions should be and roughly what causes my child can shortness of breath, we have no history in the family. Thank you
Hello Mas Nanang Irawan,
Shortness of breath is a symptom that should not be considered trivial in children. Shortness of breath can be a sign of a serious illness that needs to be examined by a doctor immediately if you observe the child experiencing shortness of breath.
Signs of shortness of breath in children include:
Rapid breathing frequency> 40 times / minute (children aged 1-5 years) or> 20 times / minute (children> 5 years old)
Flared nostrils flared
There is a pull of the chest wall (looks sunken in) or in the area under the neck every time the child breathes
Abnormal breathing sounds that sound like wheezing or like snoring
In severe circumstances when the body is very lack of oxygen (hypoxia), the child's lips can appear bluish and the child tends to sleep / decreased consciousness. The state of hypoxia that is not immediately treated adequately can cause death.
Some diseases that can cause complaints of shortness of breath in children are:
Congenital heart disease
There is no history of shortness of breath in parents / family does not mean that children can not experience shortness of breath. From the causes above only asthma is a disease that is influenced by hereditary factors. Asthma does not have to be with parents who suffer from asthma, it can also be with other atopic manifestations such as allergic rhinitis or atopic dermatitis.
To find out the cause of child tightness, it is necessary to trace the history of illness and complaints, direct physical examination, and supporting examinations such as chest x-ray. Handling will be given according to the child's condition from the start of emergency assistance such as oxygen supplementation, nebulisation, and administration of drugs in accordance with the diagnosis obtained from a doctor's examination.
The action that should be taken if the child is congested is immediately take it to the nearest emergency department. Do not force the child to eat or drink when the child is heavily congested. Avoid children from exposure to cigarette smoke. Routinely clean the house so it is not full of dust. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.