A person may have one type of acute respiratory failure or have both types at the same time.
If your child has an infection or a medical condition that may lead to acute respiratory failure, make sure he or she gets proper treatment.
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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