Symptoms of chILD
Different types of chILD can have some of the same symptoms – but they can be more severe in some types than others.
Shortly after birth
If your child is newborn, they may not be able to breathe or find it very difficult to get enough oxygen into their body. They will be put on a ventilator.
In the first 2 years of their life
Symptoms of chILD are not very specific - they could be caused by other things too. This can make chILD conditions hard to diagnose.
Some possible symptoms are:
- fast breathing
- not growing properly or losing weight
- a dry cough or wheeze - even when they don’t have an infection
- a sunken chest
- frequent lung infections
Aged 2-16 years
Children aged 2-16 years are likely to show similar symptoms to the above - but you might also notice:
- they are unusually breathless after exercising
- the end of their fingers and nails swell – called clubbing
The chILD Lung Foundation website has more information on some of the symptoms for specific conditions.