Breathing in hot air, smoke, or chemical fumes can cause irritation or swelling in your child's airways. Being in or near a fire can cause wheezing and breathing problems. Your child may not notice these problems until several hours later. When your child inhales smoke, harmful toxins may get into your child's body. This is more likely if the smoke came from burning plastics or synthetic materials.
Your child may have had a blood test and other tests that measured how the lungs were working. Your child may have had a blood gas test. This measures the amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide in the blood. Your doctor may have given your child oxygen through a mask to help him or her breathe.
Your child may have a cough, shortness of breath, and pain while healing. If your child inhaled soot, he or she may cough up grey or black mucus.
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.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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