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Must I seek immediate help if my child has acute epiglottitis?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
If you believe this is happening it must be attended to quickly.
Never force a kid you think has this to lay down.If they do, their airway can close quickly and they can die within minutes.Proceed to the nearest emergency facility allowing the kid to assume whatever position they are comfortable in.

In brief: Yes
If you believe this is happening it must be attended to quickly.
Never force a kid you think has this to lay down.If they do, their airway can close quickly and they can die within minutes.Proceed to the nearest emergency facility allowing the kid to assume whatever position they are comfortable in.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: Yes
Epiglottitis can be life threatening if airway suddenly closes.
Need to have emergency care and monitoring of oxygenation, possibly intubation if condition deteriorates.Sometimes tracheostomy. Need proper antibiotic therapy if cause is from infecting organism.

In brief: Yes
Epiglottitis can be life threatening if airway suddenly closes.
Need to have emergency care and monitoring of oxygenation, possibly intubation if condition deteriorates.Sometimes tracheostomy. Need proper antibiotic therapy if cause is from infecting organism.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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In brief: Absolutely
This is very rare in immunized children.
However, if you suspect this, your child should be seen in an emergency department. Epiglottitis is life threatening.

In brief: Absolutely
This is very rare in immunized children.
However, if you suspect this, your child should be seen in an emergency department. Epiglottitis is life threatening.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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