Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease

As there are many types of Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD), the symptoms and severity vary widely. Symptoms can appear at any age during infancy or childhood, and can continue over a long period of time. Symptoms can be triggered by chest infections (colds and flu), exposure to air pollutants (e.g. dust or smoke) and/or an increase in activity or exercise.

Fast breathing (tachypnoea)

Recurrent cough

Shortness of breath or wheezing

Other symptoms may include:

  • Poor growth or failure to gain weight at a rate expected for a child’s age
  • Loss of appetite or feeding issues
  • Recurrent chest infections (exacerbations)
  • Abnormal chest sounds (wheezing/crackles) heard via a stethoscope
  • Using muscles between and under the ribs or in the neck when breathing (retractions/indrawing)
  • Abnormal enlargement of the tips of the fingers or toes (clubbing).