Shortness of breath (peds)

Background

  • Breathing complaints common in pediatrics
  • Infants/children have higher predisposition to respiratory failure relative to adults
    • Higher resting metabolic rate requires more oxygen
    • Anatomical differences (e.g. smaller diameter airways) predispose to respiratory failure
    • Vast majority of pediatric cardiac arrests are secondary to respiratory problem
  • Included here are other respiratory chief complaints, such as tachypnea, irregular breathing, abnormal respiratory sounds or appearance, cyanosis, which parents may have noticed

Clinical Features

Differential diagnosis

Pulmonary/airway


Cardiac

Other diseases with abnormal respiration

Evaluation

Management

Disposition

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Authors:

Claire