There are many types of health conditions that affect breathing. Some may be short-term illnesses, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or colds. Other conditions are chronic (long-term). These include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and sleep apnea.
As a caregiver, it is important to watch for changes in breathing in the person you care for. Find out what you can do to help their breathing problems, and when to call the doctor.