10 Most Common Respiratory Distress Syndrome founds in Children!
Do you know? Small Children breathe more than adults. In fact, a three-month-old baby breathes about 35 times more air than adults, because the child’s lung volume is lower compared to the body mass than adult lung and this is the only reason why they are more vulnerable to the respiratory disease. And how one can know that the child is suffering from any respiratory distress? So to keep this in mind we have a compiled a list of 10 common respiratory distress syndrome that you will observe if your child is facing any respiratory problem.
So let’s discuss what are those “Respiratory Distress Syndrome” you may notice!
- Breathing Rate:- This is the first and foremost thing that you will observe in your child i.e. its abnormal breathing rate. The more in the number of breathing per minute will indicate that the child is having some trouble with breathing or he/she is not getting enough oxygen. Following image will show the exact figure of breathing rate according to the age.
- Change in Heart Rate:- Due to the lack of oxygen, you must observe a change in heart rate of the child. Normally, a heart rate of a child with age (0 to 3 months) beats 107 to 181 times in minutes. And around 70 to90 beats per minute is considered best for the adults.
- Grunting baby syndrome:- It is a kind of sound which you will hear from the child when he/she exhales. It is abnormal, deep, short and hoarse sound comes in the exhalation of the body that often accompanies the severe chest pain. This sound generally occurs when the glottis briefly stops the air flow which halts the movement of the lungs and its supporting structures.
This is somewhat called grunting! I am sorry I can only show you the image of grunting not the exact sound.
- Retractions:- It is usually a sign of difficulty breathing. In retraction, there is sucking of the skin in between and around the bones of the chest when the child inhales. This generally occurs in several areas of the chest and basically, it shows that the body is using the chest muscles for breathing purpose.
- Sweating:- You may see more sweat on the head of the child, but the skin does not feel warm to the touch. And even you will also observe that the skin of child feels cooler and clammy. Excessive sweating on the head with cool body generally occur due to the fast breathing rate.
- Nose Flaring:- Nose flaring or Nasal Flaring is a symptom of respiratory distress. This occurs when your nostril widen while breathing. Or it also shows that you may be having difficulty while breathing. This is most commonly seen in children and infant. So you should observe that your child’s nostril size must be normal.
This respiratory distress syndrome is very common to be seen.
- Wheezing:- It is a high pitched whistling sound occurs when the child exhales but please not in some severe case this sound is also heard when child inhale. The inflammation or the narrowed airways are the main reason for the wheezing. Wheezing is the symptom of serious breathing problem that should be diagnosed on time.
- Change in Alertness:- When the child’s body does not get enough oxygen then he/she will act more tiredly and you will observe a severe change in its alertness. This indicates the respiratory fatigue.
- Accessory Muscle use:- These are the special kind of muscle that present in body’s neck. These muscles come into use only under the condition of high metabolic demand (which generally occur when we exercise). So, if you noticed that the muscles of the neck appear to be moving when your child inhale or exhale then you should take him to the doctor because this not happens in normal conditions.
- Change in color:- If your child is not getting enough oxygen then it may change its skin color to pale or gray. Or you may also see bluish color in or around his mouth and inside his fingernails.
How to prevent the child from this respiratory distress syndrome?
See, If you noticed any of the above-listed respiratory infection in your child then you should definitely consult with your child’s doctor to diagnose the problem. And you should focus on Child’s Diet, we will recommend you to have a look at this article once, Top 10 Healthy Food – Add these foods to child’s daily diet to avoid any kind of health problems!
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