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Signs of breathing problems in children

If your child is having difficulty breathing, it can be very worrying. This information tells you what signs and symptoms to look out for, what they mean, what you can do about them, and when you should ask for help.

Call 999 now if your child has any of these breathing-related symptoms:

Last medically reviewed: April 2022. Due for review: April 2025

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.