Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening condition. The lungs become swollen and blood vessels leak fluid into the air sacs (alveoli). This prevents the lungs from working well. It also makes it hard to get oxygen into the blood. This can damage other vital organs, such as the heart, kidneys, liver, or brain. Your child will need intensive care in a hospital.
The condition usually develops in response to a major illness, surgery, injury, or widespread infection (sepsis).
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.).
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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