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Bronchiolitis in children: Causes and Treatment

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Bronchiolitis is the inflammation of the bronchioles, which are the smaller airways. The illness can be long-term (chronic) or short-term (acute). The symptoms of Acute Bronchiolitis often develop quickly and don’t last long. Most cases are mild.

However, if your child experiences repeated bouts of Bronchiolitis, he/she may have chronic Bronchiolitis, which requires immediate medical attention. For either chronic Bronchiolitis or acute Bronchiolitis, signs and symptoms may include:

  • Production of mucus, which can be clear, yellowish-gray, white, or green in color, rarely, it may be streaked with blood.
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Slight fever and chills
  • Chest discomfort

If the child has acute Bronchiolitis, he/she might have cold symptoms, such as body aches or a mild headache. While these symptoms usually improve in a week, he/she may have a nagging cough that persists for several weeks.

Chronic Bronchiolitis symptoms may involve a productive cough that may last at least three months.

When to see a doctor?

See your doctor if the cough:

  • lasts more than three weeks
  • prevents the child from sleeping
  • accompanied by fever higher than 100.4 F (38 C)
  • Produces discolored mucus
  • Produces blood
  • It is associated with wheezing or shortness of breath

If you notice these symptoms, you must immediately consult a doctor. You may like to contact Dr. SenaitAdebofor an effective Bronchiolitis treatment for the child. Since she is an expert pediatrician, she knows how to keep the child comfortable during the treatment. Moreover, pediatricians use medications meant only for children.

Dr. SenaitAdebo also provides abdominal treatments to help your child get rid of that persistent discomfort. So, if you see the symptoms of frequent abdominal pain in your child, you may like to consult her today.

 

Causes of Bronchiolitis

A viral infection most often causes acute Bronchiolitis. It may also be caused by things such as dust, allergens, strong fumes, or tobacco smoke, or bacteria.

In children, the most common cause of bronchiolitis is a virus. Bronchiolitis may develop after a cold or other viral infection in the nose, mouth, or throat (upper respiratory tract). Such diseases can spread quickly from direct contact with a person who is sick. Therefore, it should be treated immediately.

Dr. SenaitAdebocan provide effective Bronchiolitis treatments for the fast and safe recovery of your child.

Bronchiolitis treatments with SenaitAdebo

The treatment will depend on the child’s symptoms, general health, and age. It will also depend on the severity of the condition.

In approximately all cases, antibiotics shouldn’t be used to treat acute bronchiolitis. That’s because usually the infections are caused by viruses. Even children who have been coughing for more than 8 to 10 days often don’t need antibiotics.

There is no vaccine or specified treatment for bronchiolitis. Thus, Dr. SenaitAdebo’s treatment focus on easing symptoms so that the bronchiolitis eventually disappears. Treatment may include:

  • Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for fever and mild pain
  • Plenty of rest
  • Cough medicine for children over four years old
  • More fluids
  • A cool-mist humidifier in your child’s room

It is necessary to consult with a child healthcare provider such as Dr. SenaitAdebo for Bronchiolitis treatment before giving over-the-counter cold and cold medicine to your child. It is not advisable giving these medicines to children younger than four years because they may have harmful side effects.

For children between ages four and six, use over-the-counter products only when advised by your child’s healthcare provider. Because some over the counter medicines can worsen symptoms.

Never give aspirin or other medicine that contains aspirin to a child unless directed by your child’s healthcare provider. The use of Aspirin in childrenshas been associated with Reye syndrome which is  a rare but severe disorder that most often affects the brain and the liver.

It’s best to directly get in touch with Dr. SenaitAdebo for the Bronchiolitis treatment of your child effectively and safely. Her experience and expertise will keep your child at ease throughout the treatment.