Host: How should I respond if my child is having problems breathing?
Robin Vick: Sometimes a respiratory infection can proceed to very dangerous degrees of compromise to the child and by that I mean that if your child has begun to develop signs of respiratory effort, in other words, if you see them actually working to bring in air. If the body and the muscles and the nose and the neck are really working hard to pull in air, that's an emergency situation that you need to receive some help through the emergency room. That means that inside parts of the respiratory system are either inflamed or constricting, so that the child is unable to pull in and utilize the air in the oxygen that his or her body needs and it's an emergency. So call 911 and get help.
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