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Shortness of Breath in Infants and Children

Your child may feel short of breath because he feels anxious or has panic attacks. Try to figure out what might be causing stress in your child's life, either at home or school. Talk this over with your spouse or family members. Speak with your child's teachers and ask whether there are any problems at school.

Call your pediatrician if your child's these symptoms last for more than a few hours, are happening often, or seem to be getting worse. Your pediatrician may suggest counseling for your child if his shortness of breath is caused by stress or anxiety.


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