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Shortness of Breath in Infants and Children

You've said that your child is short of breath but is not having severe difficulty breathing, does not have a cough, is not breathing rapidly and shallowly, is not more tired than usual or having difficulty with exercise. You've also said that it's not possible that he swallowed something that could have gotten into his lungs, and that he doesn't seem anxious.

It's not clear what is causing your child's shortness of breath.

Call your doctor. Shortness of breath is a symptom that should never be ignored. Your doctor can go over the symptoms with you and decide the best course of action for your child.


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