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Read Beth Anderson's first post about her daughter Katie's first days of life and GERD Katie was born 17 years ago and doctors in Washington D.C. diagnosed her with acid reflux within days. But it was weeks before it had any impact on our family. GERD AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING The next several weeks were a blur. Nobody really expected Katie to settle in when everything was so out of control. Katie was in ICU for the first week, all our relatives came to town for my sister's wedding, and then I took the kids and lived at my mom's house for two weeks while my husband finalized the sale of our house. He had accepted a job in the Midwest while I was seven months pregnant. What were we thinking? There was so much going on that we hardly noticed how little Katie slept, how much she threw up or how she wanted to be held upright at all times. She didn't really start crying much until she was about three weeks old. Gradually, she got fussier and fussier. ...
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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