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Signs of Respiratory Distress

Children who are having a difficult time breathing often show signs that they are not getting enough oxygen, indicating respiratory distress.

Below are some of the signs that may indicate that your child is not getting enough oxygen. It is important to learn the signs of respiratory distress to know how to respond appropriately.  

The signs of respiratory distress may resemble other problems or medical conditions. Always consult your child’s physician for an evaluation and a diagnosis.

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Breathing Rate

Color Changes


Nose Flaring




Last Updated: 07/2013