Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Shortness of Breath in Infants and Children
Shortness of breath can be a sign of a serious illness.
Your child is having some difficulty breathing. Do any of the following other statements describe your child?
When my child breathes, I can see his nostrils flare, his belly move out, his ribs stick out, and/or his neck muscles tighten.
When my child breathes in, he makes a whistling or high-pitched noise.
He grunts when he breathes out.
His lips, mouth or fingertips are blue.
He can not talk or can not finish a sentence without stopping to take a breath.
He is drooling more than he usually would.
His face, lips, eyes, or neck is swollen.
He is scratching or has hives.
He is sleepier than usual for the time of day.
He is not moving normally.
He is not answering questions normally or seems confused.