Opinion: Respiratory infection surge sounds a wake-up call for pediatric emergency care

“Mommy. Daddy. I can’t breathe.”

Waking up to those words is terrifying for any parent. For me as a pediatric emergency physician, it was especially scary coming from my 8-year-old son while on a trip in rural New York, hours from a specialized pediatric emergency department dedicated to the care of children. As my son approached our bed, I heard stridor, the high-pitched whistling sound that signals an obstructed airway.

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