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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, and when you should ask for help.

Different breathing and lung conditions often have similar symptoms. That’s why it’s important to see a health professional to discover what is causing your child’s breathing problems.

Find out more about signs of breathing problems in your child:

Last medically reviewed: September 2019. Due for review: September 2022

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.