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My toddler is experiencing difficulty breathing. What could be causing this and what should I do?

Hello everyone,

I am a concerned mother of a 2-year-old toddler who has been experiencing difficulty breathing. He has been having trouble breathing for the past couple of days and I am worried about what could be causing this. He has been coughing a lot and seems to be struggling to catch his breath at times.

I am really hoping to get some advice on what could be causing this and what steps I should take to help my little one. I have been monitoring his temperature and it seems to be normal. I have also been giving him the necessary fluids to keep him hydrated.

Please share your thoughts and any advice you may have. Thank you so much in advance!

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Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear that your child is having trouble breathing. As a mother myself, I understand how stressful this can be. My son had a similar experience when he was a toddler. He was also having difficulty breathing and was wheezing quite a bit.

When we took him to the doctor, they diagnosed him with asthma and prescribed an inhaler to help manage his symptoms. We also made some changes to his environment, such as removing any pet hair or dust that could trigger an attack.

I strongly suggest taking your little one to the doctor as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis. In the meantime, try to keep them calm and in a comfortable position. Make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids and avoid any potential triggers such as smoke or strong smells.

I hope this helps and that your child will start feeling better soon.



I remember feeling the same worry when my child was a toddler and was having similar difficulty breathing. After visiting the doctor and eliminating other possible causes, including pneumonia, my child was diagnosed with a milk allergy.

It turned out that my child was allergic to milk products and consuming even small amounts of dairy would trigger an allergic reaction that caused breathing difficulty, along with other symptoms like hives and stomach pain. Once we eliminated dairy from our child's diet and switched to dairy-free alternatives, the symptoms disappeared.

If your child’s breathing difficulty symptoms persist, and none of the above scenarios apply, it would be best to consult with a professional allergist.

I hope this personal experience helps and that you are able to find the cause of your child's difficulty breathing.


Hello everyone,

When my toddler started experiencing difficulty breathing, I was very worried and didn't know what to do. After doing some research, I discovered that acid reflux/GERD in toddlers can also cause breathing difficulty, particularly at night.

After taking my toddler to the doctor, they confirmed that the cause of the breathing difficulty was reflux, and they prescribed medication to help alleviate symptoms.

We also made some lifestyle changes such as keeping feeding times separated from sleep times and propping up the head of the bed slightly to prevent stomach acid from flowing back up.

If your toddler is experiencing difficulty breathing, it's crucial to look into all potential causes, including reflux. It may be helpful to keep a log of symptoms and feeding times to share with your doctor.

I hope this information helps, and your little one starts feeling better soon.



My son also had trouble breathing when he was a toddler, and it turned out that he had croup. Croup is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the airway and can block the flow of air. It's common in small children and can cause a barking cough and difficulty breathing.

When we took him to the doctor, they prescribed steroids to reduce inflammation and help him breathe easier. We also used a cool-mist humidifier to help keep the air moist, which can make it easier for children to breathe.

I would highly recommend taking your child to the doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. In addition, you can try to keep your child as calm and comfortable as possible, as crying and agitation can worsen the symptoms of croup.

I hope this helps and that your child begins to feel better soon.


Hi everyone,

I'm a pediatric nurse, and I have encountered several toddlers who have had breathing difficulty. One critical aspect that parents need to consider is the importance of staying calm to help the child stay calm too. Children respond to anxiety in their surroundings, which might make breathing difficulty worse.

It is crucial for parents to monitor the child's breathing and temperature, especially when the child is sleeping. You should take your baby's temperature regularly to keep track of changes, keep your baby hydrated, clean his/her airway, and ensure the baby is comfortable.

Some breathing difficulties may be caused by respiratory infections, and it is best to take the child to a pediatrician for proper diagnosis and treatment. For instance, a nebulizer may help to open up the child's airways and facilitate breathing when necessary.

In conclusion, if your toddler is experiencing breathing difficulties, stay calm and monitor their breathing and temperature. Seek medical attention if the breathing difficulty does not improve.

I hope this helps.


Hi there,

My child experienced similar symptoms when she was a toddler, and we discovered that she had an enlarged adenoid. The adenoids are a cluster of tissue located at the back of the nasal passage, and when they become enlarged, they can block the airway and cause difficulty breathing.

After consulting with an ENT doctor, my child underwent a minor surgery to have her adenoids removed. The procedure was quick and easy, and my child made a full recovery within a few days.

If your child's breathing difficulty persists, it's essential to have them evaluated by a medical professional. There are a variety of potential causes of difficulty breathing in toddlers, and it's crucial to determine the underlying cause to develop an effective treatment plan.

I hope this helps, and that you're able to find the right solutions to help your child feel better soon.


Hi there,

I completely understand how concerning this situation can be. My daughter went through something similar when she was around the same age - she was also having difficulty breathing and was coughing a lot.

When we took her to the doctor, they diagnosed her with a respiratory infection and prescribed medication to help alleviate her symptoms. They also advised us to keep her in a well-ventilated room and avoid exposing her to any irritants or allergens.

I would highly recommend taking your toddler to see a doctor as soon as possible. They will be able to determine the underlying cause of the breathing difficulties and recommend the appropriate course of treatment. In the meantime, keep an eye on their breathing and make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids.

I hope your little one feels better soon!

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