Beware the air

Watch the kids for breathing difficulties

With the nearby wildfires increasing the unhealthful particulate-matter levels in the air, parents should monitor their children’s breathing, looking for respiratory issues, such as the ribs sucking in (retraction). According to Children’s Hospital Colorado, there are not any sufficient over-the-counter medications for wildfire-smoke inhalation. The best solution is avoiding exposure. Here are some of the other symptoms of respiratory distress to look out for:

• Decreased activity level

• Increased coughing

• Wheezing and/or audible breathing sounds

• Change in color or pallor of skin

• Easily fatigued

• Breathing hard