Fever Has Gone Down But Breathing Is Still Fast
Doc, my child is 1 year old, and then he has a high fever, his breathing is as fast as getting out of it, but now it’s already trapped, but his breathing is still pretty fast, how come, doc. Mksiih
Hello Ayu, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.
Respiratory frequency in children aged 1-3 years normally ranges from 24 to 40 times per minute where the frequency is indeed much higher compared to adults who only range from 16 to 20 times per minute.
If the child's breath is above 40 times per minute, then it can be stated the child is experiencing rapid and abnormal breathing where this condition can be caused by several possible conditions such as:
Pulmonary infection (pneumonia)
Blockage in one of the respiratory pathways by foreign objects (choking)
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Impaired cardiac function
For now, you should try to calculate the frequency of your child at home in one minute when the child is calm (not crying and the child is resting) with reference to one breath + one exhalation = 1 breathing frequency. If indeed your child's breathing frequency is above 40x / minute, it is highly recommended to take your child further to the hospital emergency room because this means that your child is experiencing shortness of breath which requires immediate help. If there are other complaints such as high fever (temperature reaches 38 degrees or more), decreased awareness, seizures or vomiting / severe diarrhea that accompany is also recommended to bring your child to the emergency room.
If your child's breathing frequency is normal, but there are other complaints such as cough, runny nose, fever that fluctuates, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or other complaints, then it is highly recommended to continue to check your child's condition further to the doctor. There are no medicines that are recommended to be given to your child (especially for shortness of breath) except free fever medications (such as paracetamol or ibuprofen in appropriate packaging) until further recommendations with the doctor examine your child.
I hope this helps.