1) Let your friend know that this is a great time to cash in some proverbial "chips." This is likely one of the most intense experiences of his life, so reaching out for help from friends and family is more than appropriate. Some of us are real hoarders when it comes to cashing in favors - worried that we better not ask for help now in case something REALLY bad happens later on. Unfortunately, a baby with reflux is one of those times). 2) Reassure your friend that you know the crisis aspect of this situation will be short-lived, and that you will still be there for her when the dust settles. Assure your friend that in time, either the reflux will be better, medical help will be found, or her family will have plenty of support in place to better manage the situation. I remember being really afraid that my husband and I would get through the acid reflux situation, only to find that all of our friends had found other friends who were not a...
Definition Breathing difficulty involves a sensation of difficult or uncomfortable breathing or a feeling of not getting enough air. See also: Difficulty breathing - first aid Alternative Names Shortness of breath; Breathlessness; Difficulty breathing; Dyspnea Considerations No standard definition exists for difficulty breathing. Some people may feel breathless with only mild exercise (for example, climbing stairs), even though they do not have a medical condition. Others may have advanced lung disease but never feel short of breath. Wheezing is one form of breathing difficulty in which you make a high-pitched sound when you breathe out. See also: Apnea Breathing difficulties - first aid Breathing difficulties - lying down Lung diseases Rapid breathing Common Causes Shortness of breath has many different causes: A blockage of the air passages in your nose, mouth, or throat may lead to difficulty breathing. Heart disease can cause breathlessness if your heart is unable to pump enough blood to supply ox...
Breathing difficulties can be described in several different ways. You may be short of breath, unable to take a deep breath, gasping for air, or feel like you are not getting enough air.
See also: Choking
Difficulty breathing - first aid; Dyspnea - first aid; Shortness of breath - first aid
If you are having difficulty breathing, it is almost always a medical emergency (other than feeling slightly winded from normal activity like exercise or climbing a hill).
Difficulty breathing has many potential causes. Some of the most common are:
, which can happen if you have emphysema or asthma, but may also happen spontaneously in young, healthy people
, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or heart failure
High altitudes, which can be a problem even in young people
Injury to the ne...
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