Respiratory failure happens when your child's lungs can't get enough oxygen to the blood. This is a severe problem that needs to be treated in intensive care.
Your child's eyes, brain, heart, and other organs depend on the steady supply of oxygen they get from the blood. The doctor will try to get enough oxygen to your child's organs to keep them healthy and your child safe.
Many things can cause your child's lungs to fail. This includes pneumonia and other serious infections. The doctor will look for the cause of your child's problem and then treat it if possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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