Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD): Symptoms
, or chILD, is a broad term for a group of rare lung diseases that can affect babies, children, and teens. These diseases have some similar symptoms, such as , rapid breathing, and shortness of breath.
Symptoms of Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD)
(chILD) has many signs and symptoms because the disease has many forms. Signs and symptoms may include:Fast breathing, which also is called (tak-ip-NE-ah) Labored breathing, which also is called respiratory distress Low levels in the , which also is called hypoxemia (hi-POK-se-ah) Recurrent , wheezing, or crackling sounds in the Shortness of breath during (in older children) or while eating (in infants), which also is called dyspnea (disp-NE-ah) Poor growth or failure to gain weight Recurrent or bronchiolitis
If your child has any of these signs and symptoms, contact his or her doctor. The doctor may refer you to a pediatric pulmonologist. This is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating children who have lung diseases and conditions.
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