Wheezing &
breathing difficulties

Look at the signs

Any kind of breathing difficulty your infant or child experiences can be scary for parents. It may be nothing to worry about and could just be normal baby 'snuffles'.

Use your instincts with newborns and babies. It could be:

In older babies and toddlers you may notice:

If you are worried even after reading this, contact your GP or call 999 immediately.

GP says

You need to contact your GP immediately if your baby or toddler:


Bronchiolitis is a common respiratory tract infection that affects babies and young children under two years old. The early symptoms are similar to those of a common cold and include a runny nose and cough.

As it develops, the symptoms of Bronchiolitis can include: a slight fever, a dry and persistent cough and difficulty feeding.

Most babies/children with Bronchiolitis get better within about two weeks and in most cases the illness is not serious. The cough may go on for a few more weeks. There is usually no need to see your GP if they are recovering well. However, contact your GP if your child is only able to feed half the normal amount or is struggling to breathe, or if you are generally worried about them.

Source: www.nhs.uk/conditions/Bronchiolitis


If your child has a runny nose and cough but also has rapid breathing and difficulty feeding or is vomiting, it may be Bronchiolitis.


Even though most cases of Bronchiolitis are not serious, these symptoms can be very worrying for parents.


Contact your GP If your child has symptoms of Bronchiolitis.

This is particularly important if your baby is under 12 weeks. Call 999 if your child has severe breathing difficulties or exhaustion from trying to breathe.

Source: NHS Choices - Symptoms of Bronchiolitis

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