Breathing Difficulty in a Child Treatment
Treatment for breathing difficulty in children depends on the underlying cause. Those with severe breathing difficulty that results in respiratory insufficiency or respiratory failure may require oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation in order to support breathing. A child with a severe injury may also require surgery to correct damaged to the structures in the chest. Mild to moderate breathing difficulty may respond to treatment of the underlying cause, but oxygen may be necessary to maintain oxygen levels in the bloodstream. Bronchodilator medications help relieve wheezing caused by asthma, while antibiotic medications treat bacteria that lead to pneumonia.
Treatment for breathing difficulty may include:
- Inhaled medications:
- Nebulizer therapy for wheezing
- Oral medications for wheezing:
- Antibiotics for pneumonia
- Oxygen therapy
- Mechanical ventilation:
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