Breathing Faster Than Usual Symptoms
Rapid breathing must be assessed on the basis of the patient's age.
Abnormal Breathing Rates
|6mo - 1 year||40 breaths per min||60 breaths per min|
|1 - 3 years||30 breaths per min||50 breaths per min|
|4 - 5 years||28 breaths per min||45 breaths per min|
|5 - 6 years||26 breaths per min||40 breaths per min|
|6 - 12 years||24 breaths per min||30 breaths per min|
|Over 12 years||20 breaths per min||25+ breaths per min|
There are several other important signs of rapid breathing such as severe breathing difficulty, wheezing, rib retractions, nasal flaring, cyanosis, and use of accessory muscles. These findings are more common in a person with acute respiratory distress, or in a person who is in respiratory failure.
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