Is Your Child at Risk for Asthma?

When to Get Help

Not all wheezing signals an emergency -- a child who seems alert or can still cry or chatter normally isn't in danger (but consult a doctor anyway). Do get emergency assistance if your child:

  • Struggles to feed or talk
  • Breathes much more rapidly than usual
  • Flares at the nostrils
  • Severely retracts the ribs or neck while breathing
  • Looks blue or gray around the mouth

Rachelle Vander Schaaf, a mother of two, lives in eastern Pennsylvania.

Originally published in American Baby magazine, September 2006.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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