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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease?

Childhood interstitial lung disease (chILD) has many signs and symptoms because the disease has many forms. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fast breathing, which also is called tachypnea (tak-ip-NE-ah)
  • Labored breathing, which also is called respiratory distress
  • Low oxygen levels in the blood, which also is called hypoxemia (hi-POK-se-ah)
  • Recurrent coughing, wheezing, or crackling sounds in the chest
  • Shortness of breath during exercise (in older children) or while eating (in infants), which also is called dyspnea (disp-NE-ah)
  • Poor growth or failure to gain weight
  • Recurrent pneumonia or bronchiolitis

If your child has any of these signs and symptoms, contact his or her doctor. The doctor may refer you to a pediatric pulmonologist. This is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating children who have lung diseases and conditions.

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Last Updated: March 21, 2014