Difficulty Eating And Breathing Is Sometimes Heavy When Sick In Children?

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At night I want to ask … my son was 19 months old yesterday he had a dry cough and high fever ….. after breathing his breath often was heavy … like ngos ngosan … does that include symptoms of pneomia … please explain … and what should I do for the next action ….

1 Answer:

Hi Trihandayani,

The emergence of complaints of breathing that looks heavy (seems effort) and fast (gasping) in children is a complaint that must be very wary of because it indicates the difficulty in breathing which can be very dangerous. You should immediately bring your child to a doctor for a checkup to ascertain the cause of the complaint and to get the appropriate treatment. As for some of the conditions that can cause these complaints are as follows:

 Respiratory tract infections Lung inflammation, for example bronchopneumonia or lung infection (pneumonia) Lung tuberculosis infection The doctor will ask for a history of complaints, do a physical examination or supporting examination. Investigations that can be recommended by doctors are blood tests and lung X-rays. If there are indeed problems with the lungs such as bronchopneumonia, your doctor may recommend hospitalization to ensure your child's complaints are handled properly.

In addition to symptoms of difficulty in breathing, you should also be aware of the emergence of high fever, weakness, the child becomes indifferent (apathetic) or blue fingers and lips. Immediately have your child checked by a doctor in order to get follow-up according to the child's condition if the complaint arises.

May be useful,

dr. Budiono

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