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    Default Toddler fast breathing

    DD (19 months) has come down with a virus (probably the same one I've got) and had a temp around 38.5-39 this afternoon which came down to 37 with panadol. We've noticed she is breathing quite fast while asleep. No other signs that she is having trouble breathing. Should I be concerned? Or is this from having a fever and partially blocked nose? I've tried calling Health Direct but they require baby to be awake and I really don't want to wake her up. Anyone else I could call for advice??

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    does she have colour around her lips? no blue?

    is her chest pulling in when she breathes?
    is there a wheeze?

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    this may help..
    A. A normal respiratory rate for a toddler between the ages of one and two years is about 23 to 31 breaths a minute. Breathing at a rate of 55-60 times per minute would be considered to be rather fast (called tachypnea).A simple cold or flu bug might cause a temporary increase in a child's respiratory rate during a fever, but it should return to normal once the fever is reduced. An increased respiratory rate could also be a sign of dehydration.Following a cold, a fast breathing rate might also mean that a child has:
    • pneumonia
    • bronchiolitis, with wheezing
    • a worsening in her infection, with the development of metabolic acidosis
    A child with
    asthma
    might also start breathing fast during a cold or flu infection if it triggers an asthma attack.Even though she is drinking better and has less fever, you likely should call your doctor since your daughter's breathing is getting worse. This is especially important if she is still breathing fast.

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    Yes, fast resps can be from a fever. Which in turn could be from a virus. Hope she's better soon.

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    Thanks for the replies. We ended up getting a doctor out to the house (there was a 3 hour wait at the hospital) and she has tonsillitis - again. Grrrr. So more antibiotics. But he wasn't worried about her breathing as she wasn't wheezing or anything like that and said it was just a product of the fever.

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    My son had very rapid breathing following a virus and was lethargic... It turned out to be diabetic ketoacidosis.
    If you notice further symptoms which are uncharacteristic of her usual behaviour, then get a second opinion, just to be on the safe side.


 

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