Most of the time, a kid with breathing trouble should be evaluated by a provider same day.
If your child is not breathing or is turning blue, start first aid if you know how and call 911!
If your child simply seems to have a snotty congested nose, or the noisy breathing seems to be coming from all of the boogers in their nose, here are some tips you can try.
Cold and cough medicines for children are not recommended, though for kids over two years of age, guaifenesin (a mucus thinner) is an option. The dose for a 2 year old is the same as for a 4 year old so just follow the lowest recommended dosing on the box.
Two teaspoons of honey (for children over 1 year old) has also been proven to help children with a cough sleep better and it's probably as good, if not better, than cough medicine.
|Age||Normal Respiratory Rate|
|Newborn-1 year||30-60 breaths per minute|
|1-3 years||24-40 breaths per minute|
|3-6 years||22-34 breaths per minute|
|6-12 years||18-30 breaths per minute|
|12 years and older||12-16 breaths per minute|
This symptom guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think your child may have a life threatening emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
Our Panic Free Symptom Checker for Kids is written and reviewed by expert physicians and medical professionals. Simply choose a symptom and answer a few questions to find a recommendation for your child’s issue.